Security agencies in Thailand had a 2,100 percent increase in heroin seizures along the border with Myanmar in 2009 compared…
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the potential value of opium production for the following countries based…
According to estimates by the United Nations, Burma/Myanmar produced an estimated 410 tons of opium in 2008. That is enough opium to make 40 tons of heroin.
Over a 18 year period, the World Wildlife Fund found that the skins, claws and bones of at least 1,158 tigers and other protected big cats were found to be on sale by wildlife traffickers in the markets of Myanmar.
Book piracy in Burma causes the book industry in the country to lose $4 Million a year.
Myanmar is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium after Afghanistan, accounting for more than 90 percent of heroin…
In the 2006 World Drug Report, the UN estimates the area of opium poppy cultivation to be at 32,800 hectares. The total estimated production of opium in 2005 was estimated at 312 metric tons.
According to a report by the Associated Press, legitimate CDs and DVDs are sold around $1.50, where pirated music copies are sold on the black market for prices as low as 30 cents. One seller was quoted as saying that he makes $13 a day selling pirated goods in Burma. The average income in Burma is about $1,700 a year.
1.5 million tonnes of timber worth $350 million was smuggled into China from Myanmar’s teak forests in 2006 from illegal logging activities.
Value of the opium market in Myanmar in 2008, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.