Drugs


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) finalised a four-year memorandum of understanding with the Burmese government on Monday, allowing them to partner on an “integrated programme” aimed at strengthening the rule of law and tackling crime and drug issues.
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Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
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Myanmar authorities have seized $7.3 million of drugs buried in a forest in the so-called “Golden Triangle”, police said Tuesday, raising fears of a boom in the narcotics trade in the notorious border region.

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A United Wa State Party (UWSP) spokesman has denied that the ethnic rebel army in northern Burma continues to be involved in drug trade, saying their autonomous region is “drug-free.”
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In eastern Myanmar, just a stone’s throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice.
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The Myanmar authorities have seized 140kg of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the notorious “Golden Triangle” area near the Thai border, police said on Thursday.
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The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw told a session of parliament on July 28 that the President must redouble his efforts in tackling the nations’ growing problem with drugs.
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Leaders from six Karen armed groups have formed a task force in order to combat drug use and production in the eastern Burmese state.
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Leaders from six Karen armed groups have formed a task force in order to combat drug use and production in the eastern Burmese state.
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To mark World Drug Day, Burmese authorities organized drug-burning ceremonies on Thursday that destroyed seized illegal drugs said to be worth a combined US$130 million.
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After India suspended construction on an internal container port on India-Myanmar border, the two countries this week signed an agreement on border cooperation, promising to exchange information on insurgents and drugs and human trafficking.
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Mong La’s opium museum has to be one of the more interesting institutions created during the days of Myanmar’s State Law and Restoration Council (SLORC). Located in Shan State’s Special Region No. 4, an almost completely autonomous corner of northeastern Myanmar, the museum was founded by Lin Mingxian (also known as Sai Lin or Sai Leun), a former rebel commander in the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) and long-time leader of his own 5,000-strong militia, the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA). During the 1990s, Lin and his group were alleged by US authorities to be heavily involved in the drug trade.
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Standing sentinel over one of Myanmar’s main border crossings to China, in the town of Mongla, is a lurid pink building, the Drug Eradication Museum. The sleazy frontier post, Chinese in all but name, is at the heart of the Golden Triangle, where the three South-East Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos adjoin their giant northern neighbour. It is an area that has long been synonymous with one thing: drugs.
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Actor Ye Dike has been slapped with a six-year jail term for possession that authorities say should serve as a deterrent to others in the industry engaged in drug use.
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Myanmar is set to continue its drug elimination plan for five more years from 2014 to 2019 in accordance with an announcement by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) early this year, picking up the momentum from the last 15-year plan (1999-2014).
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Busy parents and inadequate drug education in schools are contributing to amphetamine addiction among students, the head of a rehabilitation facility told Mizzima on February 18.
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Burmese anti-narcotics police and government army troops stationed near Kutkai in northern Shan State seized a large cache of weapons and drugs valued at nearly US $250,000 on Wednesday, according to Burma’s state media.
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Police have blamed a shortage of manpower, a flawed crop substitution program and poor road links for their failure to meet an opium eradication target in southern Shan State.
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Opium and methamphetamine production continues to rise in Burma, and increasing amounts of the illicit drugs are being smuggled to East and Southeast Asia, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned on Friday.
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The Myanmar Police Force have seized illegal drugs worth 2 billion kyats (2.06 million U.S. dollars in central Mandalay region in the first eight months of 2013, local media reported Tuesday.
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