A brief firefight near the northern side of the Myanmar border, the route often used by drug smugglers, left 15 suspected drug dealers dead.
Dismissal of four monks in central Phetchabun province highlights problem of drug use in Thailand, a major transit country for meth flooding in from Myanmar.
Germany’s Left Party has put a motion forward seeking to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of meth and other hard drugs in order to free up police resources.
In addition to more widespread availability and higher purity, the pandemic has pushed the narcotics trade to become more creative in its distribution.
The 1.2 tonne haul of methamphetamine was intercepted after being offloaded from a boat which authorities believe came from China.
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