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Opium fields on Thailand-Myanmar border destroyed

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Myanmar police prepare to destroy drugs (Illustrative image. Source: AFP)
Bangkok (VNA/NNT) - A combined task force made up of over 50 administrative and security officers in Thailand’s Tak province has confiscated and destroyed opium fields on Thai-Myanmar border as part of the drug crackdown.

The task force, which started its operation on January 9, has disposed of five opium plots and discovered a vacant plantation in Umphang district, following a helicopter survey on December 28 last year. The authorities are preparing to get rid of another four sites of opium cultivation.

The drug busters also seized a locally-made gun, a carbine with bullets, opium smoking and production tools in a hut near the plantations. The suspects, however, were believed to have fled to the wild. The collected evidence will be used to identify the drug ring./.
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