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Myanmar burns seized drugs worth $180 million

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Myanmar burns seized drugs worth $180 million

Myanmar authorities destroyed a year's worth of confiscated drugs on Tuesday, with an estimated street value of US$180 million.

The drugs were destroyed by burning in three cities, including Yangon, where drugs with a street value of just over $66 million were disposed of.

Myanmar has long been a blackspot in the fight against the illegal narcotics trade, remaining the second-biggest producer of heroin.

The problem stems from decades of warfare between government forces and guerrillas, who control significant swaths of territory in remote areas.

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