The largest single narcotics bust has been recorded in Asia with the seizure of 55 million methamphetamine tablets in Laos by the Police. Laos has in recent years been a gateway for drug traffickers.
The Laos Police had on Wednesday intercepted a truck that was transporting 55 million methamphetamine tablets and over 1.5 tonnes of crystal meth. The drugs which were seized at an area known as ” the Golden Triangle” near the Thai-Myanmar border has been described by the United Nations as the “largest single drug seizure” ever recorded in the Asian Continent.
The Golden Triangle region has always been the hotspot of significant drug production. Before the record bust, police had recovered a total of 16 million amphetamine tablets in two different investigations in the same location over a one-week timeframe.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) regional representative for Southeast Asia, Jeremy Douglas has said that the instability in the Shan state of Myanmar, which is bordering China, Laos, and Thailand, has resulted in a considerable rise in drug supply in recent months in the Golden Triangle area.
He went on to say that the neighbouring area around Golden Triangle has been swamped with methamphetamine tablets.
Laos has in recent years been a gateway for drug traffickers.