News: Task Force 2-1 finds major drug cache in Southern Afghanistan
Story by Sgt. Luke Rollins
FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAMROD, Afghanistan — Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, confiscated more than a half-ton of black tar heroin during an early morning patrol Oct. 12 in the Maywand District of the Kandahar province.
The heroin had an estimated street value of more than $30 million, said Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Rowe, a rifle platoon sergeant.
The loss of potential money from that heroin has the second and third level effects of preventing [improvised explosive devices] and weapons from entering the province, said Rowe, a Bremerton, Wash., native.
The unit found the heroin in an abandoned compound three kilometers south of Kali Zar, after following a suspicious vehicle during an observation point establishment mission. The vehicle's two occupants escaped, but the Soldiers recovered an enemy assault rifle in addition to the opiate payload.
"It's a big victory for Task Force 2-1 in general," said Capt. Jake Saunders, the rifle platoon leader.
It makes the Soldiers proud to do their jobs when they accomplish something like this, said Saunders, a native of Corvallis, Ore.
"All the credit goes to the men," he said.