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The continued drop in prices of crystal methamphetamine in Southeast Asia, for instance in Malaysia and Thailand, while purity of the drug remains high, means greater affordability and accessibility of high-purity drugs, organized crime [ syndicates ] have all the ingredients in place that they need to continue to grow the business, including territory to produce, access to chemicals, established trafficking routes and relationships to move product, and a massive population with spending power to target.
Organized crime groups have been able to continue the expansion of the regional synthetic drug trade -- in particular in the upper Lower Mekong and Shan state of Myanmar -- by maintaining a steady supply of chemicals into production areas despite border restrictions that have impacted legitimate cross-border trade.
Found on CNN 1 year ago
The illicit drug market here is at a tipping point as synthetic opioid production appears to be migrating into places with deep governance problems like the Golden Triangle, southeast Asia could well become a source of opioids for other parts of the world while these substances get mixed into or displace part of the regional heroin supply.
You couldn't get much more central in Jakarta if you tried, it's basically right smack dab in the central business area.
Found on CNN 7 years ago
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