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Myanmar seizes drugs worth $9.13m buried in 'Golden Triangle'

Published on Aug 12, 2014 7:24 PM
 
Myanmar police stand beside seized drugs before they are destroyed during a ceremony to mark the UN's International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Yangon on June 26, 2014. Myanmar authorities have seized US$7.3 million (S$9.13 million) of drugs buried in a forest in the so-called "Golden Triangle", police said on Tuesday, Aug 12, raising fears of a boom in the narcotics trade in the notorious border region. -- PHOTO: AFP 

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar authorities have seized US$7.3 million (S$9.13 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.

A combined military and police operation in eastern Shan State unearthed a massive stash including blocks of heroin, raw opium and nearly two million methamphetamine pills.

"Our government is seriously concerned about the drugs situation," a senior police officer from the anti-drug squad told AFP on condition of anonymity. "Our crackdown against drug trafficking is ongoing."

Shan State is part of the "Golden Triangle", a region scored with smuggling routes that covers parts of Laos and Myanmar as well as Thailand, the gateway to the South-east Asian narcotics market.

 
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