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Heroin surge triggers crackdown on opium poppies

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  • Writer: Wassayog Ngamkham
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Anti-drug officers will intensify their crackdown on opium poppy plantations near the northern border with Myanmar after rising demand for heroin in Thailand has revived cultivation of the illegal crop. 

A raid last Saturday on an 80-rai piece of land in the Sui Thang area, in tambon Nong Bua of Chiang Mai's Chai Prakan district, revealed a resurgence in the growing of poppies, officers said.

The joint raid was carried out by members of the army, police and the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

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