$500 Million Opium Farm Found in U.S.

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 28 May 2017, 04:40 hrs, UTC, Post #213.

Source:  http://www.dw.com/en/500-million-opium-farm-found-in-north-carolina/a-39006462

Accessed on 28 May 2017, 04:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to this Deutsche Welle report (www.dw.com), a narcotics officer in North Carolina looking for something else accidentally stumbled upon an acre of poppy plants used in opium production.  This is one of the largest poppy crops found in the United States, with an estimated street value of around $500 million.

DW provides this analysis:

“The poppy farm was found on a patch of land near Clearmont, which is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of the state capital, Raleigh.”

“All 2,000 plants, which were planted behind the house, were confiscated. The Charlotte Observerreported 358 animals, including chickens, dogs and cats were seized from the residence. There were also 40 deceased animals in cages and pens.”

“The sheriff’s office said Cody Xiong was arrested and charged with manufacturing and trafficking by possession. Sheriff Reid said the only other opium farm that has been found in the US this year was in California.”

Opinion:

Perhaps Mr. Xiong was hedging his bets and laying the ground work for supplying addicts and their supplers with a locally grown crop in North Carolina. Currently, much of the world’s opium supply comes from war-torn Afghanistan.  Maybe Mr. Xiong was planning to market his homegrown opiates at a price that would undercut the drug coming from Afghanistan.

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