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Meth production surged in Asia as economy faltered due to Covid-19, report says

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Asia's drug cartels adapted quickly to the pandemic in 2020, flooding markets with synthetic narcotics worth tens of billions of dollars even as the global economy ground to a halt, according to a new United Nations report.

Hong Kong (CNN)Asia's drug cartels adapted quickly to the pandemic in 2020, flooding markets with synthetic narcotics worth tens of billions of dollars even as the global economy ground to a halt, according to a new United Nations report.

The UNODC found that several large-scale meth manufacturers appeared to have set up shop in Cambodia in addition to Myanmar's Shan State -- an area governed by militias and warlords that have long been accused of funding themselves through the drug trade.

"Organized crime groups have been able to continue the expansion of the regional synthetic drug trade -- in particular in the upper 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," Douglas said.

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