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Meth seizures up in Malaysia as cartels adapt to virus border curbs

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)

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