Worth $100M of Illegal drugs seized in Myanmar

UPDATE: YANGON, Myanmar- Police in the city of Yangon in Myanmar have seized illegal drugs methamphetamine tablets with an estimated value of more than $100m in an abandoned truck.

Police told state media that they had found almost 27 million tablets after inspecting the vehicle. The tablets seized had a street value of around $4 each.

Illegal drugs, Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is used as a recreational drug and to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. Methamphetamine exists as two enantiomers, dextrorotary and levorotary. Dextromethamphetamine is a stronger CNS stimulant than levomethamphetamine; however, both are neurotoxic, addictive and produce the same toxicity symptoms at high doses.

Although rarely prescribed due to the potential risks, Illegal drugs methamphetamine hydrochloride is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) under the trade name Desoxyn. Recreationally, methamphetamine is used to increase sexual desire, lift the mood, and increase energy, allowing some users to engage in sexual activity continually for several days. It is of thephenethylamine and amphetamine classes.

Myanmar is also a major source of Illegal drugs methamphetamine, a related stimulant, much of which is trafficked to neighboring Thailand, where abuse drug is rampant and has been a hotbed of narcotics production for decades.Myanmar, also known as Burma, has long been notorious for opium production, but in recent years production of synthetic drugs there has risen.

Police officer Aung Kyaw Soe said, “The seizure is the largest this year. We’re still investigating the case.” Police officer at the anti-drug trafficking department said on condition of anonymity, adding that the investigation was ongoing. Last month the government set fire to seized drugs worth hundreds of millions of dollars to mark the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse. IMAGE/ AP