Myanmar sees fast uptick of narcotics manufacturing, trafficking since coup

Illicit drug manufacturing and trafficking in Myanmar has rapidly elevated because the February 2021 navy coup, when Tatmadaw (Burmese army) seized power and overthrew the civilian, elected authorities.
A senior official from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says, that over the past 12 months, there has been a spike in narcotics manufacturing, significantly methamphetamine, within the country’s Shan State near the Golden Triangle the place Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos meet.
The evaluation comes amidst circulating stories from authorities in Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar that a minimal of ninety million methamphetamine pills and 4.four tonnes of crystal methamphetamine had been caught in busts final month, and the bulk had been claimed to have been produced in Shan State’s remote border districts, in accordance with a report in Reuters, citing the UNODC.
The UNODC’s regional consultant for Southeast Asia, Jeremy Douglas, says methamphetamine production levels were already at extreme levels and there’s “no signal it’s going to decelerate.”

According to Douglas, the country’s economy was battered after the coup and farmers in Shan State haven’t any different option than to resort to opium manufacturing for their income, which can additionally be inextricably linked with conflict, with one fuelling the other.
Figures from Thailand’s Office of Narcotics Control Board show that greater than 520 million methamphetamine tablets were seized within the fiscal 12 months from October 2020 to September 2021, up from 361 million within the earlier 12 months, although it had declined by 22% to 21.6 tonnes two years in the past.
According to Moneyback and officers, certain ethnic minority factions involved in the illicit drug trade in Myanmar have increased their territory. The United Wa State Army, along with smaller, allied militias, has superior forces south in current weeks, strengthening their territorial control over Shan State.
Although different armed teams are additionally concerned in the commerce, a territory controlled by the UWSA has long been used for unlawful drug manufacturing..

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