Muse: Myanmar’s militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China

With tinted windows and their militia name emblazoned on the side of their Ford truck, “Pan Say” fighters cruise the sleazy streets of Muse, Myanmar’s main gateway to China and awash with weapons and cash from casinos, drugs and sex. Ten armed groups run the Shan State border town of Muse, which is separated by […]

Myanmar’s opium crop plummets while meth stalks SE Asia

A “dramatic” drop in opium cultivation in Myanmar underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat, a senior UN official said on Wednesday. The area under opium poppy cultivation dropped by a quarter between 2015 and 2017, the UN Office on Drugs […]

Myanmar’s Wa State rules synthetic drug market

Move over ‘Golden Triangle’! the Wa State in Myanmar is now the undisputed ‘king’ in producing synthetic drugs. For decades, the ‘Golden Triangle’ has been notorious worldwide as the foremost drug-producing region. That mantle has now been taken over by the unrecognised autonomous Wa State which is now dubbed, the ‘darling of international drug syndicates’. […]