US: FARC, Taliban are among largest traffickers

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 12:54 PM
US: FARC, Taliban are among largest traffickers

A top U.S. State Department anti-narcotics official says Colombia's leftist rebels and the Taliban are among the world's largest drug-trafficking organizations.

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says that drug-trafficking organizations have aligned with political and ideological movements in recent decades, citing the followers of Osama bin Laden and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as examples.

Brownfield says that although the two organizations don't exist for drug trafficking, it can no longer be considered separate from their political and ideological goals.

Brownfield addressed representatives of more than 100 countries Thursday at the annual International Conference for Drug Control in Cancun.