Honorable Senator Dan Sullivan 702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Sullivan,

Heroin is devastating our country and Alaska is not being spared. I was encouraged to read that you hosted a town hall meeting in Wasilla last year to discuss the heroin problem in Alaska. Here in Kodiak lives are being ruined by addiction, people are dying of heroin overdose and we’ve had a wave of thefts and burglaries like we’ve never seen before. People I meet from other parts of the country tell me it’s the same or worse everywhere in the country. A visitor from Baltimore called his town “the heroin capital of America.” Something serious needs to be done to turn this disaster around.

Law enforcement professionals tell us that we can’t arrest our way out of this problem, that we have to do more. As heroin abuse increases in Kodiak, I have wondered “where does it come from and how can it be stopped?” The media reports that most of the heroin in the US comes from, or through, Mexico. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that 90% of the world opium supply comes from Afghanistan.

Opium production in Afghanistan has steadily increased during the US occupation. After expelling the Russians from Afghanistan in 2000 the Taliban prohibited opium production and successfully reduced it’s growing by over 90% in one year. The UNODC reports that since the US entered Afghanistan, opium production has increased to at least 20 times the 2000 level.

The history of narco economics shows that a narco state is most successful when operated as a war zone (Vietnam/Laos, Colombia, Afghanistan). All the fixtures of civil government and rule of law are shelved for the duration of the war, and the business of narcotics owns the field. Thus, Afghanistan. For the people on the profit side of the heroin industry the Afghanistan War is a very successful business venture. Of the estimated $500 billion final market value of Afghan sourced heroin, Afghan producers only receive $30 billion (UNODC figures). The majority of the profits go to the various players further along the marketing chain.

As the Afghan occupation drags on and the heroin epidemic expands here at home, it’s very hard to ignore the facts – opium trafficking is extremely profitable, it benefits directly from US military presence in Afghanistan, and it is not being targeted for elimination. I believe that’s not by accident. It is widely understood that the CIA and its organized crime affiliates trafficked heroin to the US out of SE Asia during the Vietnam War, and cocaine from South and Central America during the 80’s and 90’s (confirmed by the Kerry Commission investigations). Investigative journalists suggest that control of the opium traffic is a primary motivation for the prolonged US occupation of Afghanistan.

Senator Sullivan, you served in the Marines, doesn’t it seem odd that the US military can identify, locate, and kill individual human targets in places like Yemen and Pakistan where there are no US troops in the field, but in Afghanistan where there have been hundreds of thousands of US troops and special forces working for 15 years the opium trade expands unimpeded and we don’t hear of efforts to target drug traffickers with these effective high tech resources? Maybe the US should hire the Taliban to eradicate Afghan opium, they were more effective in one year than our own guys have been in 15 years.

The British opium trade into China in the 19th century was the original corporate/government/military partnership in drug trafficking, and it was very profitable for the families and associates who operated it. Bengal was under the corporate control/ownership of the British East Indies Company and was the plantation source for opium targeted at China. The trade enjoyed the full legitimacy of acceptable business by a very successful corporation, and when ethical leaders in China acted to curb the opium trade that was crippling their country (estimated 10% to 20% of the Chinese population was using) “The Company” called in the British Navy to enforce their business interests (the Opium Wars of the 1840’s & 50’s). History repeats; Afghanistan is the new opium plantation, the countries targeted for addiction are the US and Europe, and “The Company” is probably the CIA.

Does anyone in Congress have the courage to open hearings and send some high level US government, military, CIA, and banking people to jail for participating in the heroin trade that is gutting our country? I’m asking you to join with other senators to investigate the heroin industry. Please follow the money. International drug trafficking can not function without the direct involvement of the banks. US and European banks have been investigated and fined for laundering billions of dollars of drug money. If you or I were involved in a drug crime we would be in jail, but no bankers have been sent to prison. Meanwhile the drugs keep flowing, police are dealing with an impossible task and our cities are being ravaged by heroin. I don’t think it will turn around until some people in high places get exposed and prosecuted.
Here’s an article with all the UN document citations of the facts: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-spoils-of-war-afghanistan-s-multibillion-dollar-heroin-trade/91

Thank you for giving your time and attention to this issue.

Rolan Ruoss
Kodiak, AK