Authorities in Burma seize roughly 21 million methamphetamine pills with a street value of around US$35.5 million, in the country’s second largest haul of the contraband.
The Burma-Laos border is mostly unguarded. The terrain is rugged and hostile, where the drug trade flourishes in lawless enclaves on both sides of the river.
Opium cultivation remains a lucrative source of income for many farmers, but the illegal industry is facing renewed scrutiny in the Asia-Pacific region.
Armed group claim mass haul during routine vehicle checks.