The flight attendants, who were reportedly shocked when apprehended, said a person in France paid them to transport the packages to Vietnam.
Seizures of ket in Cambodia hit 2.7 tonnes in 2021, 24 times higher than the year prior, with drug supplies across Southeast Asia skyrocketing.
Meth seizures out of the Golden Triangle are at an all-time high, as opportunistic drug lords threaten to turn the area into a narcostate.
Drug busts in and around Asia’s Golden Triangle have exploded in recent months, with this week’s record haul the latest indication of a larger trend.
An excess of drugs in the Golden Triangle region due to COVID export restrictions has led to an increase in meth use among young people and workers.
The shipment was the Southeast Asian country's largest narcotics seizure in recent memory.
Myanmar's army signed a peace agreement to end its long-lasting civil war, but drug cartels—and corrupt military officials—are providing an incentive for the militias to stick around.
The Sinaloa drug cartel is the largest cartel in the world, and it's estimated to rake in $3 billion a year. VICE News visited Mexico's Golden Triangle, the stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel, just days before the extradition of drug lord El Chapo.
Similar arrests have taken place this year, where women from Minnesota were trafficking contraband from Laos.
From the farmers barely earning a living from cultivating the poppies, via the entire communities forced from their homes by warring gunmen, to the growing number of addicts in the US — there are few winners along the route of Mexican heroin.
The video reveals some previously unseen footage but leaves several questions unanswered about the operation, and contains an embarrassing mistake.