Penetrating Every Stage of Afghan Opium Chain, Taliban Become a Cartel

ZARANJ, Afghanistan — Shortly after sunrise, an Afghan special operations helicopter descended on two vehicles racing through the empty deserts of southern Afghanistan, traversing what has become a superhighway for smugglers and insurgents.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/world/asia/afghanistan-opium-taliban-drug-cartel.html