Burma seizes 40 kilos of opium in November

Dec 14, 2007 (AFP), Burma, the world’s second-largest opium producer after Afghanistan, seized nearly 40 kilogrammes (88 pounds) of the drug in November, state media said Friday.

There were 239 drug-related cases last month in the Southeast Asian country, the official New Light of Myanmar daily said, though it did not provide the number of people arrested in those incidents.

The military government also seized 1.4 kilogrammes (three pounds) of marijuana and 107,000 stimulant tablets in November, the paper said.

Burma regularly burns drug hauls in a bid to show the world that it is cracking down on rampant drug production.

But the United States, a vocal critic of the ruling junta, has said several hundred million amphetamine tablets are produced in Burma every year and shipped by gangs to neighbouring China and Thailand.

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