Southeast Asia | Target Golden Triangle drug lords, not users, UN urges

Target Golden Triangle drug lords, not users, UN urges

Southeast Asia authorities should focus on arresting the heads of drug syndicates, not small-time dealers and users who pack their jails and cost governments significant funds

October 12, 2017 2:13 PM (UTC+8)
The Golden Triangle is an area of about 950,000 square  kilometers that overlaps the mountains of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Large quantities of methamphetamine are produced here along with opium grown in poor parts of Shan State, which is turned into heroin and smuggled to countries throughout the region. Photo: iStock
The Golden Triangle is an area of about 950,000 square kilometers that overlaps the mountains of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Large quantities of methamphetamine are produced here along with opium grown in poor parts of Shan State, which is turned into heroin and smuggled to countries throughout the region. Photo: iStock
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