Battle against drug abuse and trafficking rages on

Thailand and Myanmar burn confiscated drugs to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Myanmar authorities yesterday torched confiscated drugs to mark the United Nations' International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking.

Stacks of opium, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine tablets, worth an estimated US$385 million (S$535 million), were burnt in three ceremonies around the country.

In Thailand, the authorities incinerated some US$589 million worth of drugs, while Cambodia burned drugs worth US$4 million.

The destruction follows another year of record seizures of narcotics from the countries' borderlands.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2017, with the headline 'Battle against drug abuse and trafficking rages on'. Print Edition | Subscribe