U.N. Drug Control Head Profiled

— NPR's Tom Gjelten profiles Pino Arlacchi, who took charge of the United Nations Drug Control Program in September and says he intends to stop worldwide production of illegal cocaine and opium within 10 years. He wants to begin in Afghanistan, where the Taliban relies on cultivation of coca plants and poppies for much of its revenue. Arlacci's goal is considered overly ambitious, but he says it can be attained. He earned his crimefighting reputation as director of a special anti-Mafia task force in Italy.



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