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Burmese Authorities Hail Record Drugs Haul

17 July 2012

Burmese authorities on Monday hailed a record US $3.7 million drugs seizure at an illicit factory in eastern Shan State. Police detained nine suspected traffickers with 73 kgs of crystal methamphetamine and 274 kgs of liquid meth along with drug-making equipment and a handgun during a raid on a building in Laukkai on July 9, state media reported. Reformist President Thein Sein’s administration has signed peace deals with a number of rebel groups, including the Shan State Army in May, as part of sweeping reforms which include pledging to eradicate narcotics production by 2014.