Laos Police Seize Record Narcotics In Golden Triangle

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Laos police intercepted more than 55 million methamphetamine tablets and more than 1.5 tons of crystal methamphetamine on Wednesday, which intercepted a truck carrying boxes of beer in northern Bokeo, which borders Thailand and Myanmar, two sources told Reuters. told.

Jeremy Douglas, the Southeast Asia regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the discovery was “the largest seizure ever made in the history of East and Southeast Asia.”

It was invented on Wednesday after Laos police seized a combined 16 million amphetamine tablets in two separate busts in the same area over a one-week period.

Officials in Laos did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The Golden Triangle – a region in northeastern Myanmar that meets Thailand and parts of Laos – has a long history of being a major drug-producing region.

It has served as a mass production center for amphetamine-type stimulants, particularly methamphetamine, which is used by Asian crime syndicates with distribution networks reaching Japan and New Zealand.

Douglas said the increase in the amount of drugs seized in Laos was due to shifting smuggling routes inside Myanmar as a result of unrest in the border areas since the coup in February.

“It is related to the breakdown of security and governance in Triangle and Shan Myanmar – the spillover is affecting the region,” Douglas said.

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