Afghan Cops Blow Up Huge Hashish Stash

260 tons of narcotics destroyed after history's biggest drugs bust
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 8:59 AM CDT
This photo released by rhe Afghan Interior ministry shows sacks of hashish a found them hidden in the southern province of Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan.    (AP Photo/Afghan Interior Ministry, HO)
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(Newser) – Afghanistan police have made what is believed to be the biggest narcotics bust in history, the Guardian reports. Some 260 tons of hashish—worth $400 million—was found buried in trenches near the Pakistan border. The narcotics haul, which would have made as much as $14 million in profits for the Taliban, was so massive that an airstrike had to be called in to destroy the drugs.

"With this single find, they have seriously crippled the Taliban's ability to purchase weapons that threaten the safety and security of the Afghan people and the region," said NATO's top general in Afghanistan.