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Locals Deny End To Drug Trade In Afghan Province

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

PARWAN, Afghanistan -- Hamid lies on a dirty street corner consuming heroin from a small yellow bag, open sewage running nearby.

The weary teenager, draped in a dirty blanket, says he bought the heroin at the main shopping street in Charikar in northern Parwan Province. Shopkeepers there sell everything from tranquilizers to heroin, he says.

"Everybody is selling or using heroin or marijuana. I don't know if the government doesn't know about it or what," Hamid says. "Everyone here is using and selling drugs. If you pass the markets, you can see small packages for sale with heroin inside them."

Hamid's account contrasts sharply with that of local officials in Parwan, who recently declared they had halted the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs in the province.

In February, Parwan Governor Abdul Basir Salangi claimed an end to the cultivation of opium -- the main ingredient in heroin. He also said security forces had disrupted the flow of illicit drugs entering and leaving Parwan.

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Locals Deny End To Drug Trade In Afghan Province

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