1244 GMT May 07, 2021
High-grade crystal meth — or 'ice' — is smuggled out of Myanmar via sophisticated networks to lucrative developed markets as far away as Japan, South Korea and Australia, AFP wrote.
Lower-quality pills, cut with caffeine and known in the region as ‘yaba’ or ‘crazy medicine’, are pumped out to feed the voracious domestic market as well as large drug-addicted communities in nearby Thailand and Bangladesh.
Two different busts took place in the west of the country at the weekend, state-run media said on Monday, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state.
"It's the biggest drugs seizure this year in the country and the biggest ever in Maungdaw region in Rakhine State," police colonel, Win Ko Ko, told AFP.
The pills were likely destined for Bangladesh.
Most of the drug production, however, takes place on the other side of Myanmar, in eastern Shan state.
Opium farming is also rife, and Myanmar remains the world's second largest producer of the drug after Afghanistan.
The poppy-covered hills also provide an ideal location for illicit meth labs.
Accurate production figures are impossible to obtain, but experts say that large seizures have had no effect on drug prices — suggesting they are only a small proportion of the total.