Breakdown of opium profits in Afghanistan

in Business Security, Substance Abuse

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that insurgents in Afghanistan receive up to 10 percent of the revenue and profits from the opium trade.

Another 20 percent of the drug trafficking profits goes to the actual farmers, with the remaining 70 percent of profits going to the traffickers, police officers, bribing government officials and other types of corruption and payoffs.

Source: Alissa J. Rubin, “In Afghanistan, Poppy Growing Proves Resilient,” New York Times, January 1, 2012.

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