Myanmar seizes largest crystal meth haul this year

Myanmar authorities seized more than 1,700kg of crystal meth worth nearly US$29 million in a multi-state operation this week, the biggest haul of 2019 in a country widely believed to be the world’s largest methamphetamine producer. High-grade crystal meth – or “Ice” – is smuggled out of ...

Four countries launch 80th joint patrol on Mekong River

The 80th Mekong River joint patrol, led by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, started from Jinghong port in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan province on March 19. Five vessels joined the four-day patrol that will involve inspections, a crackdown on drug crimes in key waters, including ...

Meth production in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand booming: UN

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published a report Tuesday which names the “Golden Triangle” of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos as the heart of methamphetamine production and trafficking in East and Southeast Asia. The report also states Taiwan-based crime syndicates operating across ...

Joint patrol completes on Mekong River

The 79th joint patrol on Mekong River, led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, concluded Friday at the Guanlei Port, Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. A total of 154 law enforcement officers from the four countries, in nine vessels, participated ...

Golden Triangle bust yields precursor haul

Authorities from four countries have intercepted drug precursors destined for the Golden Triangle and intended to make 30 million methamphetamine pills in their latest crackdowns on Thai and foreign drug gangs.The notorious drug-producing region near the Mekong River is constantly on the target list of ...

Thai police bust animal trafficking gang

Thai police seized more than 1,600 bear claws and other animal parts in central Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province. Three suspects, including one Lao national and two from Vietnam were nabbed during the operation, according to reports. Keep reading ...

Joint Mekong patrols extended

The six-nation Safe Mekong Operation Project will continue anti-drug operations for at least the next four years, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Prajin Juntong says. The campaign, which began in 2013, has pulled Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam together to tackle drug trafficking ...

What Does China’s Belt and Road Have to Do with Myanmar’s Meth Problem?

If Myanmar is to break an addiction to methamphetamine production that has seen it become one of the world’s largest suppliers there is one country above all others that must act: China. That’s according to a report released on Tuesday that highlighted how complexities in ...

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia boost anti-drug cooperation

The 17th trilateral-bilateral ministerial meeting on drug control cooperation between Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia took place in Vientiane on December 6. The event creates a good chance for the three countries to review their past cooperation and learn from the experience in the implementation of the ...

New Strategies Needed as EAOs Adapt to Changes in Drug Demand

There is both good news and bad news for Myanmar on the drug front: a sharp decline in opium cultivation and a shift toward synthetic drugs, especially methamphetamine. In the past 20 years, opium cultivation has declined to 41,000 hectares, a 75 percent drop from ...

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