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Burmese Police Seize Millions of Stimulant Pills - 2004-07-24


Authorities in Burma have seized 5.5 million amphetamine stimulant pills in a raid on a northern village.

State media said today (Saturday) that officers acting on a tip searched Laukkai township in northern Shan state on July 4 and seized the tablets along with 28 kilograms of ephedrine, a key ingredient in amphetamines.

Thai officials say hundreds of millions of stimulant pills are produced annually at factories along Burma's border with Thailand.

On July 9, police confiscated about 500 kilograms of heroin in southern Burma that was being smuggled by boat.

Burma is part of the Golden Triangle drug-producing area, which includes parts of Laos and Thailand, and is one of the world's biggest suppliers of opium.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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