Huge spike in production of drugs in Southeast Asia


Thai authorities have seized around 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine and heroin on June 18. The drugs were hidden in fruit containers in a forest in the southern part of Satum. These drugs were going to be transported to Malaysia during high tide. The discovery revealed that, rather than abating, the wave of methamphetamines sweeping the region is intensifying.
According to a study issued on June 10 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about 170 tonnes of methamphetamine were confiscated in the area last year, up 19% from the 142 tonnes seized in 2019.
On the other hand, Seizures are just the tip of the iceberg; all they show is that, despite tightened border restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic, international organized criminal groups prospered in 2020.
Seventy-one percent of the seizures were made in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Mr. Inshik Sim, research officer for illegal drugs at the UNODC in Bangkok, said organized criminal organizations are very mobile and are always looking for new places to produce methamphetamines.
“Organized crime organisations should not be underestimated, and human trafficking from Myanmar to South Asia is an additional and rising issue.”The methamphetamine market in Southeast Asia has grown steadily over the last decade.


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