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Thai police seize 1.97 million meth tablets

By Sat, Feb 16, 2013 9:23AM UTC Comments Off

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have seized nearly 2 million methamphetamine pills from smugglers near the country’s northern border in one of this year’s largest drug busts. Police Col. Panudet Boonruang said Friday that authorities arrested three ethnic minority Hmong men after chasing two pickup trucks near the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Rai province Thursday...

South Asia a rising force in global meth trade

By Sun, May 20, 2012 1:55PM UTC 3 Comments Customs officials looks at confiscated heroin wrapped in packages, following a news conference in Karachi, Pakistan. Iran, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia are fast becoming key players in the global methamphetamine market, with drug cartels taking advantage of the weak governance and law enforcement that have long fueled the region's heroin trade. Pic: AP

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iran, Pakistan and other South Asian countries are a fast-rising force in the global methamphetamine market, with drug cartels thriving off the weak governance and law enforcement that have long fueled the region’s heroin trade. This environment has allowed criminals to tap into the countries’ relatively advanced pharmaceutical industries to get their...

The curious case of Thailand’s ‘Most Wanted’

By Fri, May 11, 2012 3:45PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Thailand’s Deputy PM Chalerm Yubamrung let slip recently that Karen rebel leader Maj Gen Na Kham Mwe, who controls territory along Burma’s border with Thailand, is among the country’s top five most wanted men. Na Kham Mwe heads a faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), which until mid-2010 had been closely allied with...