Cost of Corruption in Afghanistan in 2012

According to the United Nations, the cost of corruption in Afghanistan in 2012 was $3.9 Billion. The amount of corruption is 40 percent higher than the 2009 figure. Despite the higher figure, the total number of people paying bribes in Afghanistan was lower than the 2009 survey. 50 percent of survey respondents reported paying bribes… Continue reading Cost of Corruption in Afghanistan in 2012

Police Officer Deaths in Iran from Drug Trade

According to statistics released by the Iranian Government, nearly 4,000 police officers from Iran have been killed over the past 33 years due to drug trafficking from neighboring Afghanistan. Iran shares a 900 kilometer border with Afghanistan. Drug traffickers cross the border and transport opium in order to reach the illegal drugs markets of Europe.… Continue reading Police Officer Deaths in Iran from Drug Trade

Heroin trafficking through Tajikistan

30 percent of the heroin that is produced in Afghanistan is estimated to be smuggled through Tajikistan on its way to drug markets in Russia and Europe, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2009, up to 90 metric tons of heroin was estimated to be smuggled through Tajikistan.

Between 2005 and 2010, the area of opium cultivation in Afghanistan increased by 18 percent. During that same time period, the amount of heroin seized in Tajikistan by law enforcement dropped by 58 percent.