Is a brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai a drug trafficker?
Nobody seems to know for certain, not even the feds who say they don't have solid evidence that Ahmed Wali Karzai is involved in drugs. But a story by The New York Times, which appeared Oct. 4, quotes various White House sources as saying that U.S. officials strongly believe that Ahmed Wali Karzai, chief of the Kandahar Provincial Council, is dealing in heroin and that his brother is protecting him from investigation. The story says that rumors of Ahmed Wali Karzai's ties to the drug trade are circulated widely in Afghanistan. Karzai denies the allegations.
Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of heroin.
The Karzais have several siblings living in the United States, including Qayum Karzai, owner of three Baltimore restaurants, the Helmand, Tapas Teatro, and b-A Bolton Hill Bistro.