Anti-narcotics authorities have eradicated more than 1,600 rai of opium poppy farmlands in the North over the past year, but recently discovered three major drug manufacturing hubs just a stone's throw away from the Thai border, posing major challenges in the ongoing fight against the illicit substance trade.
A team of police destroy a poppy field in Ta Song Yang district of Tak province in a file photo taken in Febuary. (Wassaayos Ngamkham)
The findings were revealed in a press conference held by the 3rd Army Region on Tuesday to summarise progress in official operations to crackdown on opium cultivation and the wider drug trade in northern provinces over a one year period.
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