The seizures came just months after Malaysia reported a record bust of nearly 1.2 tons of crystal meth that was disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar.
Though illegal, poppy cultivation remains the main livelihood for many families in the town in Shan State’s Pa-O Self-administered Zone.
Myanmar’s conflict zones have re-emerged as centers of the international drug trade, as meth—unlike opium—doesn’t require cultivation and is not dependent on the weather.
UNODC regional representative Jeremy Douglas said the boom was "like nothing we have ever seen before."
No one arrested yet; it is the third major drug haul in Rakhine since August.
Singapore is due to execute two convicted drug traffickers after hanging a man on Wednesday for the same offense amid fresh calls for the state to abolish the death penalty.
Nearly 50 million kyats worth of narcotics seized; one of the raids followed a tip given to the President’s Office
Many tie the commercial capital’s increasing lawlessness to high unemployment, cheap drugs and under-resourced police
An abundance of illicit drugs—much of which, the UNODC say, originate in Shan State—is lowering the street price, making it more accessible to young people.
The Home Affairs Ministry admitted that it is weak in controlling the smuggling of illicit drug precursors into the country, said deputy minister Maj-Gen Aung Thu.
U Win Myint vowed active cooperation in combatting terrorism and drug trafficking in the region while speaking at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu.
A Vietnamese court has sentenced Tyron Lee Coetzee to death for smuggling cocaine from Brazil into the Southeast Asian country, state media reported.
The arrests took place in two villages infamous for their ‘drug houses’ where users and sellers from nearby Mandalay gather.
With many men hooked on drugs, women have become the breadwinners in Palaung villages in Mongyaw.
More than 200 people have been shot dead by police in Bangladesh since May in a crackdown on drug dealers that many see as a populist ploy ahead of the upcoming elections.