Heroin wars. 1, The opium convoys

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  • This first episode of the Heroin wars begins in the 1960's when the Burmese Army seized power in a coup and the Shans began a war of independence. Opium was the Shan farmers' only source of income and the guerillas began to take 10% of the crop as tax and transported it in convoys to Thailand to buy guns. And so a deadly alliance was born. In the 1970's, as part of Richard Nixon's war on drugs, the U.S. joined in an all-out attack on the convoys in union with the Thai police. Lo Hsing-Han, the first "King of Opium" was arrested but the opium trade continued under the second "King of Opium" Khun Sa.


  • Title from title frames.
  • "Filmed over thirty years, 1964-1996."
  • Originally produced by: Carlton UK Television, c1996.
  • In English and Burmese with English subtitles.
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