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Civil war in Myanmar sees increased smuggling of “yaa baa” into Thailand

Smuggling of methamphetamine, or “yaa baa”, from Myanmar into Thailand has increased significantly in recent weeks, because anti-junta ethnic forces’ need for money to fund their efforts, according to Thai military resources.

On Monday alone, Thai military, the police and anti-narcotics officials seized about 15 million meth tablets in separate incidents in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phitsanuloke provinces.

In Phitsanuloke, anti-narcotics officers seized a ten-wheel truck, with an Uttaradit licence plate, two cars and two vans at farm products yard in Wat Bot district. Six men were taken into custody.

The authorities found about eight million meth pills in the truck.

In Chiang Mai province, troops from the Third Army Region stumbled on a group of six men, carrying backpacks, as they were trekking along the Thai border, in Piang Luang sub-district of Wiang Haeng…

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