£ 500million in drugs, including cannabis and heroin, burned by Burmese authorities

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£ 500million in drugs, including cannabis and heroin, burned by Burmese authorities


Nearly £ 500million of drugs and precursors have been burned by Myanmar military authorities.

Heroin, cannabis, methamphetamine and ketamine were among the substances disposed of during transport worth £ 489million.

Stockpiles were set on fire in Yangon, Mandalay and Tauggyi on the occasion of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.

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Heroin, cannabis, methamphetamine and ketamine were among the substances burned. Photo: AP
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Drugs and precursors have been destroyed. Photo: AP

A week ago, the UN General Assembly passed a motion condemning Burmamilitary rule after taking power from Democratic politicians earlier this year.

The UN demanded the release of the arrested civilian leaders and called for an arms embargo.

The junta took control on February 1 after the army’s proxy party was completely defeated by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy in last year’s elections.

The generals claimed there had been widespread electoral fraud, but have yet to show any evidence to support this claim.

Home Secretary Lt. Gen. Soe Htut, center, inspects seized illegal drugs before being burned in a destruction ceremony on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar on Saturday, June 26, 2021. country Saturday to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.  (AP Photo / Thein Zaw)
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Home Secretary Lieutenant-General Soe Htut, center, inspects substances

Experts have warned that instability in the country following the takeover could lead to increased drug production and provide more opportunities for trafficking.

Myanmar is a major producer of synthetic drugs, much of which is manufactured in remote border areas.

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