Myanmar destroys $93 million in illicit drugs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 00:38
Keng Tung (Myanmar): Authorities in eastern Myanmar on Tuesday destroyed more than USD 93 million worth of methamphetamine tablets and other illicit drugs seized over the last six months.

Reporters saw nearly 7 million methamphetamine tablets, 1,802 pounds of heroin, 22 pounds of "ice", crystal methamphetamine, and other drugs set ablaze at a ceremony in Keng Tung, the capital of Shan state.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, produced an estimated 410 tons of opium in 2008, enough to make 40 tons of heroin, according to United Nations figures. The country is the world's second-largest producer after Afghanistan, which accounts for 90 percent of world output.

It is also a major source of methamphetamines. Much of it is trafficked to neighbouring Thailand where abuse of the drug is rampant.

Shan state is one of the country's centres of drug production and trafficking.

The drugs destroyed Tuesday were seized over the past six months, and included several large hauls captured in the Myanmar-Thai border town of Tachilek, according to National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Khin Yi, who is also Secretary of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control.


First Published: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 00:38

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