Myanmar coup unlikely to affect drug trade: Experts

A Thai police officer in October 2019 surveying the vast landscape near the Thai-Myanmar border, where meth smugglers are known to infiltrate the porous Thai border.
A Thai police officer in October 2019 surveying the vast landscape near the Thai-Myanmar border, where meth smugglers are known to infiltrate the porous Thai border.PHOTO: ST FILE

JAKARTA - February's military coup in Myanmar is unlikely to hamstring the crime syndicates, say experts.

"My gut instinct is that the coup will have only a modest impact," Mr John Lichtefeld, non-resident fellow at the Stimson Centre's South-east Asia programme in Washington, told The Straits Times.

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