Five Charged in Drugs Sting

first_img Five Charged in Drugs Sting By Daily NK – 2013.11.21 6:23pm News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Five men have been charged in the United States with attempting to smuggle 100kg of methamphetamine originating in North Korea, it was widely reported on the 20th.The arrested individuals, who hold British, Chinese, Philippine and Slovakian citizenship, were arrested in Thailand last September, before being extradited to the United States on Tuesday this week. Two of the men are reportedly members of a Hong Kong-based criminal gang.Most intriguingly, one of the defendants told fake drug buyers used as part of a sting operation that the North Korean government “already burned all the labs. Only our labs are not closed,” and, “To show the Americans that they are not selling it anymore, they burned it.” Suggesting an opposite interpretation, Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Michele Leonhart asserted that the case actually reveals “the emergence of North Korea as a significant source of methamphetamine in the global drug trade.”In the past, both private and state-run laboratories, many of them based in and around Hamhung, South Hamkyung Province, are known to have produced large quantities of methamphetamine, much of which found its way out of the country via Party and military agencies. However, there has been less evidence of that practice in recent years. North Korea is also troubled by widespread methamphetamine use domestically, where it has been both a replacement for standard forms of medicine and a recreational product among affluent demographics. News News last_img read more