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Golden Triangle drugs kingpin dies

Golden Triangle drugs kingpin dies

Former drug lord Khun Sa, one of the world's
most wanted men, in 1990 [AFP]


The Golden Triangle drug lord and former Shan separatist leader Khun Sa has died in Myanmar.

He died at his home in Yangon on Saturday, but his death was announced only on Tuesday by a former associate, Colonel Yod Suk.

His death could not be independently verified.

Khun was once one of Asia's most prolific drug traffickers, and was wanted internationally. The US had offered a $2m bounty for him in 1989 for heroin trafficking.

Heroin sales funded the Shan United Army, later the Mong Tai Army, which fought for Shan rights in Myanmar's northeastern province.

Khun, 74, had had high blood pressure and diabetes for a long time, Yod said.

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US drug officials believe he was responsible for at least half the heroin exports from the Golden Triangle - Laos, Myanmar and Thailand - during the 1980s.

The Shan hills of eastern Myanmar were his ancestral home and he projected himself as a liberator for the ethnic minority Shan.

At its peak he led a private army of about 20,000 men in the 1980s.

But in 1996 he signed a peace deal with the Myanmar government, and is since thought to have lived a luxury lifestyle under the protection of the Myanmar government.

'Lofty ideals'

Many of his former followers saw this a deserting the cause of the Shan.

Khuensai Jaiyen, a former fighter who acted as Khun's spokesperson for 10 years before a split in 1994, said: "He was a man with lofty ideals. He thought of becoming the liberator of Shan State.

"But when the people he was supposed to be leading or liberating didn't accept his leadership, he turned his back on them."
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The misery that shit spread around this world beggars believe, I hope the agencies that had that bounty on his head now give the money to help those who life's his greed has touched.
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Up to the 90's he supposedly operated what was probably the Worlds largest processing plant out of a converted Tanker in international waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Btw, among the founder of the Golden Triangles drug trade were remnants of Chiang Kai-shek's army.
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