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DRUG TRADE IN GOLDEN TRAINGLE FLORI
- Subject: DRUG TRADE IN GOLDEN TRAINGLE FLORI
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 21:13:00
Subject: DRUG TRADE IN GOLDEN TRAINGLE FLORISHING
Drug trade in golden triangle flourishing REUTER 5/4
MAE HONGSON (Thailand) -- Heroin factories in the Golden
flourishing again as they once did under nowretired drug
Sa -- but this time under the direction of his longtime
rivals, ethnic Wa
Khun Sa's former turf has been taken over by the United Wa
(UWSA), a splinter group of the Myanmar Communist Party in
Myanmar's Shan state which maintains a ceasefire with the military
government in Yangon, sources with the Thai and US anti-narcotics
The factories in the state's opium-poppy growing area formerly
to Khun Sa, the half-Shan, half-Chinese leader of the now
Tai Army (MTA), which controlled the opium trade while
Myanmar government for Shan state independence.
"The information we have is that the UWSA has resumed much of the
drugs production and activities from the MTA," said a drug
officer with the US embassy in Bangkok.
The Golden Triangle, which straddles the borders of Laos,
Myanmar, is said by US drug enforcement officials to supply
per cent of the world's heroin.
Khun Sa surrendered to the Myanmar authorities in January last
Anti-drug officials believe he is living in luxury in Yangon.
said Khun Sa, who is wanted by the US authorities, will not be
Golden Triangle heroin production went into a hiatus during
vacuum following Khun Sa's surrender.
But the UWSA had since taken over several former MTA jungle
defiance of demands by Myanmar's ruling State Law and Order
Restoration Council that it pull out of the area, the Thai
The Wa guerillas took over the heroin factories after Wei Siao
is wanted by the United States for drug trafficking, was appointed
commander of UWSA forces near the Thai border late last year,
Tei Kung Ming, who was murdered in China, a Thai police source
A journalist who visited the areas last week confirmed heavy
deployments of Wa guerillas in the two places.
"Every month, the Wa produce at least 140 kg of heroin from
factories," said another Thai anti-narcotics source based in
Khun Sa's former headquarters at Ho Mong in Shan state is now
town. -- Reuter.