Police in Laos have made the biggest single drug seizure ever recorded in Asia, according to the United Nations.
Officers intercepted a truck carrying 55 million methamphetamine tablets and more than 1.5 tonnes of crystal meth, the UN’s crime agency said.
The discovery came after police stopped a truck carrying beer crates in Bokeo, which borders Thailand and Myanmar.
The area – known as the Golden Triangle – has a long history of being a major drug-producing hotspot.
Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia regional representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told the BBC it was “by far the largest seizure in the history of East and Southeast Asia”.
The record bust comes after police recently seized a combined 16 million amphetamine tablets in two separate operations in the same area over a one-week period.
There has been a significant increase in Golden Triangle drug supply in recent months due to unrest in Myanmar’s Shan state, which borders China, Laos and Thailand, Mr Douglas said.
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