Myanmar faces a different threat even as it tries to cut opium crop
Tan Hui Yee Indochina Bureau Chief In Hopong (Shan State) Myanmar
Mobile phone signals peter off in the homesteads of Hopong township, reached by gravel-lined roads chiselled into the steep Myanmar mountainside.
Opium used to be a cash crop in this area until the locals received global aid to grow coffee.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Chemical firms, casinos targeted in battle against synthetic drugs'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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