SE Asia | Updated Thursday
BANGKOK (AFP) - Myanmar is expected to grow as a global source of heroin and methamphetamines in the years ahead amid efforts to stem the flow of drugs from Afghanistan, a US narcotics official said on Thursday.
Myanmar, already the world's second biggest opium producer, looks likely to become increasingly attractive to drugs smugglers, said William Brownfield, assistant secretary of the US Bureau of International Narcotics.
He said international efforts to stop drugs from Afghanistan, currently the biggest supplier of heroin and opium, will 'eventually succeed'.
'It is inevitable that the trafficking organisations will seek out other countries from which to produce and market their products. The most logical country that will be next on their checklist is... Myanmar,' he added.
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