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Myanmar drug trade

Patrick Winn on the Narco-Economy of Myanmar’s Wa State

Patrick Winn on the Narco-Economy of Myanmar’s Wa State

By Sebastian Strangio
“Without heroin and meth, the state probably wouldn’t exist, and the Wa would be one more indigenous people preyed upon by Myanmar’s military.”

Asian Synthetic Drug Trade Continues to Surge, UN Says

Asian Synthetic Drug Trade Continues to Surge, UN Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Regional methamphetamine seizures dropped slightly in 2022, according to the U.N., but other indicators suggest that the supply "has remained very high or unchanged."
Thailand Tightens Laws on Meth Possession Amid Regional Drug Boom

Thailand Tightens Laws on Meth Possession Amid Regional Drug Boom

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent years, Myanmar-based drug syndicates have driven a regional boom in the production of amphetamine-style stimulants.

Opium Cultivation Jumps in Myanmar Amid Post-Coup Crisis, UN Says

Opium Cultivation Jumps in Myanmar Amid Post-Coup Crisis, UN Says

By Sebastian Strangio
As the formal economy has atrophied, black markets and illicit trades have expanded their reach.

Ice and Instability: Illicit Financial Flows Along Thailand’s Borders

Ice and Instability: Illicit Financial Flows Along Thailand’s Borders

By Nickii Wantakan Arcado
The country’s law enforcement operations have done little to shrink the narcotics trade amid a pandemic-related supply glut and instability in Myanmar.

Lao Authorities Seize Another Huge Shipment of Methamphetamine

Lao Authorities Seize Another Huge Shipment of Methamphetamine

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's four largest meth seizures on record have come over the past 15 months – striking evidence of the scale of the recent Mekong drug production boom.

1B Meth Pills: East, Southeast Asia Drug Industry Hits Ominous Peak

1B Meth Pills: East, Southeast Asia Drug Industry Hits Ominous Peak

By Grant Peck
The U.N. drug agency claims that last year's seizures of methamphetamine were seven times higher than the amount seized 10 years ago.
Online Trade in Engandered Wildlife Booming in Myanmar Since Coup

Online Trade in Engandered Wildlife Booming in Myanmar Since Coup

By Sebastian Strangio
The World Wildlife Fund claims that illegal online transactions of endangered wildlife products rose 74 percent in 2021.

Illicit Drug Production Has Surged Since Myanmar’s Coup

Illicit Drug Production Has Surged Since Myanmar’s Coup

By Sebastian Strangio
The chaos that has enveloped Myanmar since the military takeover has been a gift to the country's drug trafficking syndicates.

Laos Seizes Record Meth Haul Amid Regional Production Boom

Laos Seizes Record Meth Haul Amid Regional Production Boom

By Sebastian Strangio
This week's 17 million tablet haul amounts to nearly the entire recorded seizures for last year.

Despite COVID-19, Asia’s Drug Trade Expands, Diversifies

Despite COVID-19, Asia’s Drug Trade Expands, Diversifies

By Sebastian Strangio
Asian government's seizures of methamphetamine rose 19 percent in 2020.
China Border City Goes Into ‘Wartime Mode’ to Combat COVID-19

China Border City Goes Into ‘Wartime Mode’ to Combat COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The arrival of coronavirus cases from Myanmar highlights the difficulty of securing the long, winding border between the two countries.

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