December 21, 2008 in Nation/World

Afghans find tons of pot at old school

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition troops found and destroyed 2.5 tons of marijuana in an abandoned school in southern Afghanistan, officials said today.

The marijuana, which was stored in 2-foot-tall stacks, filled several rooms of a school in the Arghistan district of the southern province of Kandahar, a statement from U.S. forces in Afghanistan said.

Col. Jerry O’Hara, a U.S. military spokesman, said using a school as a drug warehouse “is an attack on the future of all Afghanistan.”

Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium, the main ingredient in heroin.

But as the U.S. and other Western nations have tried to help Afghanistan stamp out its poppy fields, an increasing number of farmers have turned to marijuana, which is receiving less attention from authorities.

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