DVB Interview International talked to Jason Eligh from UNODC,about the increase in poppy cultivation in Burma, the role the government, military and ethnic militias play and possible solutions to the county’s drug problem.
There’s been a steady decline in the cultivation of opium poppy in recent years.
From 2015 to 2017, the production of poppy has decreased from 54,000 hectares to 41,000 hectares, so what’s behind this trend. . .
Drugs worth approximately 1.6 billion kyat ($1.15 million USD) were seized in Shan State over the weekend.
ASEAN member states met at the United Nations to set up a framework for border control cooperation as latest statistics showed that illicit trade and organised crime amounts to $100 billion in the region.
A “dramatic” drop in opium cultivation in Burma has underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat.
A search of the vehicle uncovered 246 planks of teakwood, weighing a total of just over one tonne.