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Jun 11, 2019,
Experts say the Golden Triangle region is now likely to be the biggest meth production hub in the world.
"As dusk falls along the Mekong River, a nightly dance begins between Thai border security and Laos drug gangs now using drones, scouts and a pool of poor fishermen to shift record amounts of meth into Thailand."
"Armed with M4 rifles and night vision goggles, his Mekong River Unit scours the water in speedboats in Nakhon Phanom, one of Thailand's poorest border provinces in the northeast."
"On smaller runs, Laos fishermen will cut their engines and drift close to the Thai bank before lobbing wax-covered parcels of 2,000 to 3,000 yaba pills towards the shore, where Thai couriers scamper out to claim them."
"On May 31, the Mekong River Unit received a tip off that led to a 133kg haul of crystal meth a few kilometres down river in Mukdahan province.It was a fraction of the near three tonnes of "ice" seized by Thailand between just May 31 and June 4 - on top of nearly five million yaba tablets."
"The tiny pink or green vanilla-scented yaba pills now go for as little as 30 baht (S$1.30) in some border zones, drug officials told AFP - as little as a bottle of Thai beer.A kilo of ice is down to around US$11,000 in Bangkok - and just US$4,800 in Laos."
""Myanmar to Laos, then through Cambodia...this is now one of the main drug routes from the Golden Triangle," Cambodia's Deputy National Police Chief Mok Chito told AFP."
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