Australia Militias fuelling Australia's ice addiction buying parts of south-east Asia: UN

00:20  15 march  2020
00:20  15 march  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative from UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) for Southeast Asia. © HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative from UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) for Southeast Asia. Australia's methamphetamine addiction is being fuelled by some south-east Asian nations ceding parts of their sovereignty to warlords and drug traffickers, a top United Nations official says.

The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime has tracked a surge in synthetic drug trafficking from the Golden Triangle borderlands of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand and estimates the trade is now worth between $45 billion and $90 billion a year.

The agency's regional representative in Bangkok, Jeremy Douglas, says that the cash funds militia armies that make the drugs in Myanmar's lawless Shan State and money-laundering casinos in Laos and Cambodia.

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"These guys are buying parts of the region," Mr Douglas said.

A 60 Minutes investigation has followed the drug trail to its source and found as much as 70 per cent of all the crystal methamphetamine - or ice - on the streets of Australia is now made in super labs in Myanmar's jungles.

The industrial-scale manufacturing demands hundreds of tonnes of base chemicals - or precursors - mostly sourced from legitimate chemical factories in China.

Despite record seizures by the Australian Federal Police and its regional partners, the price of ice in Australia is stable, which indicates there has been little interruption to supply.

And meth has become the nation's illicit drug of choice.

Wastewater analysis released during the week by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found the use of methamphetamine had risen by nearly 40 per cent over the past three years to 11.5 tonnes in 2019. The commission estimates the street value of the drugs at $8.6 billion.

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The economics are compelling because Australia pays more for ice than any other country.

The "farm-gate" price of a kilogram of ice made in Myanmar is $4000, it wholesales in Australia at up to $200,000 and can retail for more than $400 a gram.

The outgoing federal police liaison officer to Myanmar Jared Taggart said the synthetic drug trade had grown enormously over his four-year posting.

"These groups, they need to look a being successful one in 15 times to break even," Superintendent Taggart said.

"So anything beyond that is really pure profit."

The high jungles in Myanmar's Shan State have been ruled by an array of militia groups since the end of the Second World War. They once financed their armies by the opium trade but that has been overtaken by synthetic drug production, from the low-grade "yaba" pills preferred by south-east Asia's workers, to high-grade ice bound for more lucrative markets in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

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The East Asian –Australasian Flyway is one of the world' s great flyways. At its northernmost it stretches eastwards from the Taimyr Peninsula in Russia to Alaska. Its southern end encompasses Australia and New Zealand.

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Across the border in Laos, Mr Douglas points to another sign of government failure on the banks of the Mekong River.

The Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone is 3000 hectares of agricultural land sold to the Kings Romans Group, led by Chinese businessman Zhao Wei.

The promise was local jobs and investment but the US Treasury has declared Zhou's main business is running a transnational criminal syndicate.

It has sanctioned Zhou and his associates for facilitating "the storage and distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, and other narcotics for illicit networks".

The group is also accused of "an array of horrendous illicit activities" such as child prostitution and trafficking exotic wildlife.

When 60 Minutes visited the zone in January, we found a compound where tigers are farmed for their skins, as food and for Chinese medicine.

Mr Douglas said the drug trade can't be stemmed unless the region addresses the governance failure.

"We're seeing some countries of this region essentially ceding bits of sovereignty, whether it's the special economic zone here or the parts of Shan State," Douglas says.

"These guys are buying parts of the region."

His view is supported by an International Crisis Group report released last year that found "... the drugs trade would not be possible without high-level corruption in those countries - including China, Laos and Thailand - through which large consignments of drugs or their precursors are smuggled.

"China has a particular responsibility to prevent precursor smuggling; it is the main source of these chemicals, but has almost never intercepted shipments crossing its border with Myanmar," the report said.

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