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Laos makes big meth bust as UN warns of security breakdown

Police in Laos, a Southeast Asian country, had a second major seizure in three months with methamphetamine.

Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said that 36.5 million methamphetamine attacks in the northwestern province of Bokeo occurred in the region after 55.6 million tablets were captured in October in the same province. He said it was the second most common.

He warned that the Mekong River region, where the seizures occurred, is experiencing a surge in drug production and trafficking and requires strong efforts to control it.

“Organized crime treats the Mekong area like a playground — it has all the elements they are looking for,” he said.

The state’s broadcaster, Laos Security Radio, said on its website that four residents of the state took a small amount of 590 kilograms (also known as ice) of stimulants (also known as ice) in the Huay Xai district on Wednesday. He said he was arrested for the assault he had captured. Heroin and pistol.

Bokeo borders Myanmar and Thailand, the frontier area known as the Golden Triangle, which is notorious for the production of illegal drugs. Heroin and the opium from which it is derived have been produced primarily in Myanmar, especially in Shan State, with the addition of methamphetamine in recent decades.

“Production in Shan is off the charts and Laos is now the preferred gateway for traffickers,” Douglas said in an email. Thailand is the main market for pharmaceuticals from Myanmar and is also shipped to other countries. Laos is a poor, sparsely populated landlocked country with a reputation for corruption that can encourage smuggling.

Myanmar has been confused since February last year when the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Currently facing armed attacks from the junta’s enemies, it interferes with normal law enforcement efforts to curb drug trafficking. The situation is further complicated by the fact that drug production is often associated with armed ethnic minority groups involved in political struggles with governments and sometimes with each other.

“Drugs and conflicts in Shan have been linked for decades, but the explosion of supply hitting Mekong and Southeast Asia, especially as security broke in the last eight to nine months. Was seen, “says Douglas. “Neighbors like Thailand and Laos have been flooded with stimulants in recent months.”

“Given Shan’s governance situation, there is no easy solution,” he said.

If the region wants to start delaying drug spills from the triangle, Douglas said the government needs to be aware of chemical trafficking, secure borders and make money laundering more difficult. ..

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