Brits Grab $105M in Drugs From Afghan Taliban
Taliban drug factory found and destroyed in Helmand province
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2009 3:38 AM CDT
British soldiers of the The Black Watch deploy from a Chinook helicopter during an operation to find and destroy the Taliban's drug factories.   (AP Photo/Corporal Rupert Frere, Ministry of Defence, ho)
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(Newser) – British troops have seized a huge stash of Taliban drugs after fierce fighting in Afghanistan, the Telegraph reports. Soldiers from the elite Black Watch squad discovered opium, heroin, and cannabis with a street value of some $105 million after attacking a Taliban drug factory in Helmand province. A number of militants were killed during the operation, which British commanders believe has dealt a heavy blow to the Taliban.

"This represents a significant setback for the insurgency in Helmand Province," said the assault commander. "Militants use money derived from the drug trade as a principal source of funding to arm themselves with weapons and conduct their campaign of intimidation and violence. By destroying this opium and the drug making facilities we directly target their fighting capability."