Drugs


Five men found carrying drugs and unlicensed arms late last month may face charges of high treason, according to the Mandalay Division Police Force.
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Thailand is providing 350 million baht (US$10.4 million) in partnering with Myanmar to develop alternatives to opium poppy cultivation in 56 villages in the border area of Mong Hsat in Shan State, according to Vice President U Sai Mauk Kham.
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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) says it has detained six people and seized drugs with an estimated street value of nearly 200 million kyats (US$167,000) in northern Shan State, marking the ethnic armed group’s second largest drug bust ever.
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Burmese police hosted a drug-burning ceremony on Friday morning at a truck terminal in Hlaing Tharyar, in the western suburbs of Rangoon.
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Cheap and easy-to-manufacture synthetic drugs edged past heroin as the country’s high of choice for the first time last year, China’s drug control agency said Wednesday, a trend that comes as the country is increasingly seen as a worldwide supplier of the substances, according to a report by the Bangkok Post quoting Kyodo News on 25 June.
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Thirty-five activists facing charges for their involvement in the Letpadan education protest have been banned from receiving visits in Tharawaddy prison amid allegations of family members smuggling prohibited items to their loved ones in jail.
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Officials from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and China are raising concerns that the Myanmar-Laos Friendship Bridge, which officially opened last month,could bring the risk of increased drug trafficking along the routethe Chiang Rai Times reported on 23 June.
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Southeast Asia’s lawless “Golden Triangle” region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine sold in China, the country’s Cabinet said in a report issued Wednesday.
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A defendant in a drug trial was abducted from a police van while being transported from Shan State’s Taung Lay Lone Prison from a hearing at the Taunggyi District Court on Tuesday.
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The Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI) Drugs and Democracy Programme has released a report saying that the ongoing peace process raises hope for more effective drug policies.
It says that the government has initiated a consultative process with the relevant government ministries, United Nations agencies, and local and governmental organisations to discuss a draft proposal that would revise the outdated and ineffective 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance law.
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Visitors flying into this buzzing tropical metropolis step into a modern glass-and-steel airport that symbolizes both Myanmar’s aspirations to rejoin the wider world after years of isolation and the country’s troubled past.
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Betel nut wholesalers in Mon State’s Ye township said a number of government departments are checking their bonafides with a crackdown on illegal imports from Thailand.
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The Myanmar Border police seized 570,000 Yaba methamphetamine tablets at Maungdaw Township in western Burma on 5 May 2015, said a police source.
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The day after Indonesia executed eight drug dealers, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and China vowed to ratchet up a combined anti-drug war they insisted is making progress, reports the Bangkok Post on April 30.
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Outside a remote prison deep in the jungles of eastern Burma, young men sweat through their withdrawal in the dense heat of early summer. The inmates at this modest facility, about 60 of them in all, were arrested by ethnic Mon rebels for drug sales or possession, and have been sentenced to a sober stint of road-building in the underdeveloped region. (more…)

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has announced that it seized a large haul of heroin and methamphetamine said to be worth more than US$3.5 million, after the ethnic Palaung rebels stopped and searched a truck passing through northern Shan State’s Mantong Township.
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The United Nations drugs control body says it is concerned about the proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing drug laws poses a serious health problem, as well as an old drug, opium, given concerns about opium production picking up in Myanmar.
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The Transnational Institute’s recent report says Myanmar has become a major producer of heroin and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and drug injection has been blamed for the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
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The back road through Namkham Township, a mountainous cluster of village tracts abutting the border with China and Kachin State, is these days more peaceful than its recent history would suggest. The route has occasionally hosted flashpoints of conflict between the Burma Army and local ethnic armed groups operating in the area, including the Kachin Independence Army and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). At the moment, however, there are no military checkpoints, and cars taking the six-hour route from Lashio enjoy an uninterrupted passage through a serene landscape of mountain ranges and pastures.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday chewed over a proposal about how to reduce the consumption of betel nut, a mild street-side stimulant known for leaving a blood-red trail on the lips of users and the sidewalks they travel.
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