In other words, the world's heroin supply is up. Despite the fact that seizures are up, prices are coming down. And, the heroin supply is being dramatically concentrated in Afghanistan.
If you want, you can just take my word for it, that purity is up, too. So much so, that even experienced addicts are being killed by the sudden, unexpected potency.
Though Afghanistan's heroin is, for the most part, not making it to the US in significant quantities -- the US market is still dominated by heroin made closer to home -- there has been a sharp increase in heroin consumption closer to Afghanistan.
For now, money is to be made in a place that Americans aren't watching: Central and South Asia.
Later, though, once the other drug producers have been run out of business by the stiff competition and the high quality of the Afghan heroin, the market for a very addictive drug will be dominated by one producer.
I wonder how that bodes for the future...
(Not just for the drug problem, but for the terrorist problem, too.)
From Cracking the Case: An Interview With Sibel Edmonds by Scott Horton, August 22, 2005:
SH: And as you pointed [out], some of this information has been confirmed in the public. I know when you speak about the Iranian informant...
SH: ...who warned in April of 2001 -- that was even confirmed by Mueller, the director of the FBI.
SE: Absolutely there was actually an article in the Chicago Tribune in July 2004 saying that even Mueller expressed surprise that during the hearings, the commissioners didn't ask about this. And guess what, nobody reported all these omissions. What would happen if you hit them with 20 cases? And I'm talking about 20 affidavits from experts and veteran agents.
SH: This is all about the question of prior knowledge and who knew what, when before the attack.
SE: And also what happened afterward. I started working three days after Sept. 11 with a lot of documents and wiretaps that I was translating. Some of them dated back to 1997, 1998. Even after Sept. 11, covering up these investigations and not pursuing some of these investigations because the Department of State says, "You know what, you can't pursue this because that may deal with this particular country. If this country that the investigation deals with are not one of the Axis of Evil, we don't want to pursue them." The American people have the right to know this. They are giving this grand illusion that there are some investigations, but there are none. You know, they are coming down on these charities as the finance of al-Qaeda. Well, if you were to talk about the financing of al-Qaeda, a very small percentage comes from these charity foundations. The vast majority of their financing comes from narcotics. Look, we had 4 to 6 percent of the narcotics coming from the East, coming from Pakistan, coming from Afghanistan via the Balkans to the United States. Today, three or four years after Sept. 11, that has reached over 15 percent. How is it getting here? Who are getting the proceedings from those big narcotics?
I wonder how this bodes for the integrity of our government?
From Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Calls Current 9/11 Investigation Inadequate by Jim Hogue, May 7, 2004:
JH: Here's a question that you might be able to answer: What is al-Qaeda?
SE: This is a very interesting and complex question. When you think of al-Qaeda, you are not thinking of al-Qaeda in terms of one particular country, or one particular organization. You are looking at this massive movement that stretches to tens and tens of countries. And it involves a lot of sub-organizations and sub-sub-organizations and branches and it's extremely complicated. So to just narrow it down and say al-Qaeda and the Saudis, or to say it's what they had at the camp in Afghanistan, is extremely misleading. And we don't hear the extent of the penetration that this organization and the sub-organizations have throughout the world, throughout their networks and throughout their various activities. It's extremely sophisticated. And then you involve a significant amount of money into this equation. Then things start getting a lot of overlap -- money laundering, and drugs and terrorist activities and their support networks converging in several points. That's what I'm trying to convey without being too specific. And this money travels. And you start trying to go to the root of it and it's getting into somebody's political campaign, and somebody's lobbying. And people don't want to be traced back to this money.