The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stated that opium cultivation in Burma has surged since the 2021 military coup, reversing a downward trend from 2014 to 2020.…
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.
Burmese police hosted a drug-burning ceremony on Friday morning at a truck terminal in Hlaing Tharyar, in the western suburbs of Rangoon.
Organised crime businesses in ASEAN countries is in the order of US$100 billion per year – that is no less than the combined economies of Brunei, Cambodia and Laos.
In villages across northern Shan State, addiction is destroying communities.