Meth seizures up in Malaysia as cartels adapt to virus border curbs Jun 11, 2021 0 80 12345 Bangkok: Seizures of methamphetamine in Malaysia soared last year, according to data published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which described the South-East Asian drug market as “highly resilient to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Malaysian police and officials seized almost 8,000 kilogrammes more meth in 2020 than the year before, the UNODC said on Thursday, an increase of 136 per cent. In Singapore, where, as in Malaysia, drug trafficking incurs the death penalty, the increase was around 45 per cent. Across South-East Asia, seizures of meth in 2020 “reached another record level,” said the UNODC, with much of the supply attributed to “continuous large-scale manufacturing of methamphetamine in Shan State, Myanmar,” part of the so-called Golden Triangle, a notorious drug production region, with traffickers often hiding drugs inside teabag packaging. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestine security officers killed during Israeli raid in West Bank Jun 11, 2021 0 2195 11 dead in Mumbai building collapse after monsoon rains Jun 11, 2021 0 366 Backlog takes India’s COVID-19 death toll for past day to over 6,000 Jun 11, 2021 0 355 Iranian candidate calls on young voters to help maintain status quo dpa Tehran Iranian presidential candidate Abdolnasser Hemmati has called on first-time voters to use their ballot to prevent a hardliner from taking office in upcoming elections and bringing about unwanted political .. Taliban captures more Afghan districts as fighting escalates dpa Kabul Taliban militants added to their recent military gains, winning control over two more districts in Afghanistan, one of them strategically important, officials said on Thursday. After two days of intense .. Singapore eases COVID curbs but HK travel bubble kept on hold Bangkok: Singapore again postponed a planned “travel bubble” with Hong Kong, Singapore’s Transport Ministry said on Thursday, as the government announced domestic curbs would be relaxed from Monday. The ministry .. Demining charity will remain in Afghanistan after deadly attack Kabul: Despite an attack that left 10 of its demining personnel dead, British-American charity Halo Trust plans to stay and continue its work in Afghanistan, chief executive James Cowan said in a video published late on ..