This from the BBC: Afghans seize 'largest drug haul' The seizure comes [/b]ahead of a major international donor conference Afghan police working with British special forces have uncovered a drugs stash of 237 tonnes of hashish. Afghan and British officials say they believe it to be the world's biggest seizure of drugs in terms of weight. The drugs were found hidden in trenches in Kandahar province on Monday. The haul was so large that British jets bombed it to destroy the hashish. Nato's top general in Afghanistan said the find would seriously cripple the Taleban's ability to buy weapons. 'Welcome boost' Afghan and British officials said the hashish had a value of more than $400m (Â£203m). The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said the hashish weighed as much as 30 double-decker London buses. [The find] was so large that two aircraft were brought in to destroy the underground bunker in which the hashish was being stored UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband "With this single find, they have seriously crippled the Taleban's ability to purchase weapons that threaten the safety and security of the Afghan people and the region," said Isaf's commander, US General David McKiernan. Afghan police received a tip about the drugs cache on Monday morning and found it later that day, Isaf said. Three men were arrested during the operation. The find "reflects the efforts of the Afghan government against the drug trade, and was so large that two aircraft were brought in to destroy the underground bunker in which the hashish was being stored", British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in a statement. The BBC's Martin Patience in Kabul says the announcement should provide a welcome boost to the Afghan government on the eve of a major international donor conference in Paris in support of the country. In the past, Afghanistan has been criticised by the international community for not doing enough to tackle drugs - especially the opium trade. Afghanistan is estimated to account for 90% of the world's opium. The previous record drugs haul is believed to be 81 tonnes of cocaine seized in Colombia. Timed to perfection just ahread of the Paris donor conference, where Karzai's government, begging bowl in hand, will need to show it is serious about tackling the drug problem. It's a big find, but there are still 6000 tons of opium in the Stan harvested in 2007 out there somewhere. Perhaps without the intervention of British SF, the reluctance of the Afghan police to annoy government officials and tribal leaders by finding more of this stuff would have been overwhelming.