Dismissal of four monks in central Phetchabun province highlights problem of drug use in Thailand, a major transit country for meth flooding in from Myanmar.
Customs officials find a record-breaking 2 tonnes of liquid meth hidden in cartons of coconut water en route for Australia, which they say likely involves a massive international drug trafficking ring.
More than 1,800 kg of methylamphetamine was found, including another drug seizure last week with the same consignment details.
While the Taliban insisted they would ban narcotic production, major seizures in the region indicate the trade hasn’t missed a beat.
Laos has in recent years been a gateway for drug traffickers moving meth shipments out of Myanmar's troubled Shan state and into Thailand and beyond.
Authorities warn that Afghan meth could penetrate the European market due to its low price and the availability of pre-existing trafficking routes used to smuggle heroin.
Drug overdoses soared due to the long cycle of pandemic-induced isolation, killing 93,331 Americans in 2020.
A large meth industry has rapidly emerged that could eventually rival the country’s massive opium trade, adding yet another dimension to Afghanistan’s spiralling drug crisis.
On day four of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, Courteney Ross cried on the witness stand as she told the story of how she met boyfriend George Floyd.
Prosecutors say Guzman amassed a $14 billion fortune by bribery, murder and smuggling drugs, while his former associates say the drug lord paid millions of dollars in bribes to Mexican officials.
It's not opium farming but cooking meth that the district of Ghoryan quickly earned a reputation for, with traffickers buying the drug from locals at phenomenally low prices.
In the first three months of this year, border forces in Bangladesh and Myanmar seized nearly 9 million methamphetamine pills.
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