Mekong nations tackle drug trade

BEIJING - Security officials from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand on Thursday said they planned to launch a joint campaign against drug production and trafficking along the Mekong river next month.

  • Published: 28/03/2013 at 09:42 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The campaign was designed to crack large-scale, transnational drug-trafficking cases, destroy cross-border drug-trafficking networks and manufacturing bases, and capture drug producers and traffickers, China's Ministry of Public Security said.

Police teams would aim to track the sources of precursor chemicals, cut the main manufacturing chains and "further curb drug sources in the Golden Triangle area", the ministry reported on its wesbite.

Officials from the four nations agreed at a meeting in Beijing that the two-month drive would start on April 20, it said.

They pledged to create a "safe shipping route" along the river at Thursday's ceremony to launch the campaign.

Despite recent improvements in security, drug-related crime remained rampant along the Mekong, the officials were quoted as saying.

The four nations had agreed to cooperate following the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the river in October 2011.

Alleged Golden Triangle drug lord Nor Kham and three accomplices were executed for the murders on March 1 in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming.

Nor Kham and his gang, who were extradited from Laos to China, were found guilty of attacking two Chinese cargo ships in collusion with Thai soldiers, Chinese state prosecutors said.

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