One of Thailand’s largest drug seizures occurred earlier this week, with police there reporting that the 14 million – yes 14 million – pills they busted were bound for Malaysia.
Three Thai nationals have been arrested after the haul of orange pills, known locally as yaba was found north of Bangkok in Ayutthaya province Aug. 18.
Reuters is reporting that the drugs originated in Myanmar, in the northeast Shan state that is currently under the control of an ethnic Wa militia.
Officials believe that Malaysia was just a transit point to take the pills to other markets in the US, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.
Pretty much an entire season of Border Security and Locked Up Abroad, right there.
A United Nations commission on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that meth trafficking in Southeast Asia has reached an all-time high, with countries in the region experiencing record busts. Fingers have pointed to Myanmar, and in particular the lawless Shan state, where opium and heroin production have been rampant for years.
Recently, syndicates have branched out, and made meth part of their new business model.