Heroin, and the U.S.-Funded Bridge That Moves It

Abby Zimet

Despite official claims of a drop in drug traffic, opium and heroin business is booming on the Afghanistan-Tajkistan border, in part thanks to a $37 million, U.S.-built bridge touted in 2007 as "a critical transit route for trade and commerce." After years of throwing, carrying, ferrying or floating on car tires their sacks of heroin across the muddy Panj River, traffickers are now moving so much heroin with so much ease that villages in the dirt-poor Tajkistan's border area are dotted with Mercedes'.

   "You load
the truck with drugs," explains truck driver Mohammed with a toothy smile.




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