Print Edition - 2017-02-02  |  World News Digest

Record year for Myanmar meth pill seizures

- AFP, YANGON

Feb 2, 2017-

Myanmar police made record meth pill seizures last year, data obtained by AFP showed on Wednesday, underscoring the country’s ongoing and pivotal role as a major global narcotics producer. Police confiscated a record 98 million tablets, nearly double the 50 million seized in 2015, according to police data. Myanmar is one of the world’s top drug-producing nations, churning out huge quantities of methamphetamine as well as heroin, opium and cannabis–much of it bound for consumers in Asia and beyond. Most production takes place in remote border territories controlled by ethnic minority militias or rival armed groups allied to the powerful military. While low-level smugglers are often arrested, few cartel leaders have ever been brought to justice. 

Published: 02-02-2017 08:40

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