The illegal drug trade thrives in Asia despite the COvid-19 pandemic


The illicit drug trade in Asia is still exceeding at the speed of a tsunami. The majority of the Asian countries are dealing with terrible economic downfall, and the organized drug traffickers are successfully distributing synthetic drugs.
The United Nations office on drugs and crime has released a report confirming that there has been a surge in the production and trafficking of synthetic drugs. The quarterly data of east and southeast Asia has shown a severe drop in the seizing of the drugs.
But during the third quarter of 2020, the seizures took a rebound. They portrayed how adaptable organized crime groups are and how easily they take advantage of the porous borders.
The seizures of methamphetamine, crystalline, the liquid powers were at their highest in the year 2020. Seizures of methcathinone in the Asian regions were 170 tonnes last year, increasing by 19 per cent.
The trade of meth has shown a drastic growth in the eastern and southern parts of Asia.
But the most noticeable thing out of this all has been the emergence and seizures of labs in Cambodia. The authorities in Cambodia, in 2020 alone, have dismantled about five furtive synthetic drug laboratories.


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