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Two million methamphetamine pills seized in Myanmar

world Updated: Mar 13, 2009 14:58 IST

An anti-drug squad in Myanmar has seized 2 million methamphetamine tablets hidden in the fuel tank of a truck headed to the Thai border, state-owned media said on Friday.

The report follows an announcement on Thursday that Myanmar seized more than 1.3 million methamphetamine tablets in February, a 25-fold increase over January's total.

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the 10-wheel truck was traveling from Kengtung in eastern Myanmar to the border town of Tachileik when it was stopped and searched. The truck owner was arrested as part of an ongoing sweep against traffickers.

The most recent US State Department report on the international illicit drug trade said Myanmar "is a significant player in the manufacture and regional trafficking of amphetamine-type stimulants."

Large quantities of the drugs end up in Thailand, where their use has been rampant in recent years.

A separate report in the newspaper said the Myanmar government has destroyed 7,893 acres of opium poppy fields in the Shan and Kachin states during this year's growing season.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the world's second largest producer of heroin after Afghanistan, according to US and UN experts, although the Central Asian country leads by a long shot, accounting for 90 per cent of the world's production of the narcotic.