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 UNODC continues to spread misinformation about drug production in Myanmar, while providing cover for official complicity in the narcotics trade.
Beijing is legally asserting sovereignty in areas considered to be disputed, and authorizing official agencies to use lethal force against ‘intruders’.
Smugglers are being targeted for arrest and asset seizure as Bangkok moves to rekindle existing agreements with neighboring countries to supply labor legally.