DEA: Heroin Haul Largest Ever in Afghanistan, 'if Not the World'

DEA: Heroin Haul Largest Ever in Afghanistan, 'if Not the World'The operation was kept under wraps until today, when a DEA official confirmed the contents of a field intelligence report obtained by ABC News but did not explain why a successful “superlab” takedown — which agency veterans agreed is an unprecedented narcotics haul — was not officially announced. “This drug seizure alone prevented not only a massive amount of heroin hitting the streets throughout the world but also denied the Taliban money that would have been used to fund insurgent activities in and around the region,” DEA spokesman Steven Bell told ABC News yesterday. He said a conservative estimated street value was about $60 million for the 12.5 tons of morphine base, 6.4 tons of heroin base, 134 kilograms of opium, 129 kilograms of crystal heroin and 12 kilograms of hashish seized in the Oct. 17 raid, which took place in the western Afghan province of Farah, on the border with Iran.

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