Anti-narcotics officials in Thailand’s Mae Sai are stopping cars at checkpoints to prevent smuggling of the stimulant known as ‘Happy’ from the Shan State border town.
Insurgents and corrupt military personnel are thought to be contributing to the continued trafficking of heroin and methamphetamine into India from Myanmar.
The UWSA is consolidating a new Wa state that will bring Chinese influence near Thailand and set a self-rule model for other ethnic rebels.
The UNODC continues to spread misinformation about drug production in Myanmar, while providing cover for official complicity in the narcotics trade.
The suspected traffickers were shot dead in Chiang Rai province near Shan State, which has seen a rise in drug production since the Feb. 1 coup.