SOUTHEAST ASIA: Victory Over Opium

As the fighting gradually fades in Indochina, Southeast Asia's other war intensifies. Up in the cool highlands of the Golden Triangle where the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, fighting rages for control of the area's 700-ton illicit opium crop—a full two-thirds of the world's output. A major participant in that war fell last week when Thai agents, advised by U.S. narcotics agents, captured Lo Hsing-han, long suspected of being Southeast Asia's largest and most powerful heroin tycoon. In a rare display of cooperation, Burmese armed forces, which at one time winked at Lo's operations, attacked Lo and...

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