Drug lords urged to invest at home

Posted on March 15, 2006 

Drug lords urged to invest at home

Powerful drug lords are being encouraged by the Afghan government to invest their illegally earned profits in the war-shattered country, according to the governor of the top opium-growing region.

The offer comes amid warnings of another bumper poppy crop that will fuel a booming narcotics trade, which already accounts for 35 per cent of impoverished Afghanistan’s income.

“We as a government will provide them the opportunity to use their money for the national benefit,” Helmand Gov. Mohammed Daud said during a trip to the region this week by U.S. Ambassador Ronald Neumann.

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