Jihadists have used drugs to fund their efforts for years. Years ago, in his study of the Taliban, journalist Ahmed Rashid reported: “Abdul Rashid, the head of the Taliban’s anti-drugs control force in Kandahar, spelt out the nature of his unique job. He is authorized to impose a strict ban on the growing of hashish, ‘because it is consumed by Afghans and Muslims.’ But, Rashid tells me without a hint of sarcasm, ‘Opium is permissible because it is consumed by kafirs [unbelievers] in the West and not by Muslims or Afghans.’ This seems to have been a common view among the Taliban. Another Taliban named Khaled asked, ‘Who cares if heroin is wreaking havoc in the West? It doesn’t matter; they aren’t Muslims.’”
And in December 2017, Politico revealed that “in its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States.”
“Four drug traffickers from Srinagar held in narco-terrorism case,” Tribune India, March 2, 2021:
The NIA today said it had arrested four drug traffickers from Srinagar in connection with the case pertaining to the seizure of 21-kg heroin and Rs 1,35,89,850 in cash from the members of a drug syndicate operating in J&K….
Officials said those arrested were Altaf Ahmed Ganderbal, Showkat Ahmad Parray of Bandipora, Mudasir Ahmad Darm of Shopian and Amin Allaie of Anantnag. A CJM court in Srinagar sent them on a three-day transit remand,” said a spokesperson….
“The investigation has so far revealed that the accused were involved in cross-border smuggling of heroin in huge quantities from Pakistan and were supplying the same across the country. They were also in regular communication with the operatives of terror groups,” the agency said.