Drug smuggling arrests at Jakarta Airport

The number of drug smuggling arrests by officials at the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been increasing over the course of 4 years. Police stopped 16 attempts of drug smuggling in 2008, which rose to 39 cases in 2009, and 63 drug smuggling attempts in 2010. In 2011, police stopped 52 cases of drug smuggling at the Jakarta Airport.

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Heroin Overdose Deaths by US military in Afghanistan

Between 2010 and 2011, reports by the United States Army show that 8 solders died from heroin overdose while serving in Afghanistan. Across the entire Army, the number of solders who have tested positive for heroin has increased ten-fold since 2002. In Fiscal Year 2002, there were 10 reported cases of solders testing positive for heroin. In FY 2010, there were 116 positive results of heroin.

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Iranians Selling Cheaper Crystal Meth

Drug trafficking gangs are undercutting the crystal meth market in Thailand by selling the drug at a cheaper price then the Myanmar drug traffickers. Police report that traffickers from Iran are selling a kilogram of crystal meth in Thailand for $26,000 (800,000 Thai Baht), undercutting the Myanmar traffickers, who sell a kilogram of crystal meth for $81,000 (2.5 Million Thai Baht).

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Potential Tax Revenue if Drugs Were legalized in Australia

An estimated $6.1 Billion (6 Billion Australian Dollars) would be generated in tax revenue for the Government of Australia if illegal drugs were legalized, according to an opinion piece in The Australian. From marijuana alone, the potential tax revenue for the Australian government would be $618 Million (600 Million Australian Dollars) a year.

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Women Heroin Addiction and Marijuana Use by Afghan Women

A drug rehab center in Kabul, Afghanistan estimates that there are around 60,000 women who regularly abuse illegal drugs in the country. The women abuse heroin, hashish, and marijuana. There are about one million abusers of heroin and opium in Afghanistan. With a total population of 30 million, the high rate of drug abusers in the country makes it the world’s top heroin user per capita.

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