June 12, 2008 Afghanistan
KABUL - Afghan counternarcotics officials said yesterday that they uncovered 260 tons of hashish hidden in 6-foot-deep trenches in what one US drug official said appears to be the world's biggest drug bust. The hashish, found in the southern province of Kandahar on Monday, was worth about $400 million, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. The hashish weighed as much as 30 double-decker buses, the group said. The drugs were burned. US General David McKiernan, the commander of group, said, "With this single find, they have seriously crippled the Taliban's ability to purchase weapons."