Massive seizures of methamphetamine pills in the region are hardly making a dent on the trade. Local authorities, say experts, tend to focus too much on seizing narcotics in transit rather than on collecting intelligence that could lead them to the producers.
But stopping the production of synthetic drugs is also more complicated. Unlike heroin, which is made from opium poppy, methamphetamines are created entirely in laboratories, from chemical ingredients called precursors.
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