…Experts on North Korea say signs of a steady output of meth there — and the potential for global distribution — is very real.
"It's entirely plausible, if not probable, that a high quantity of North Korean meth could be smuggled into the United States," said Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor of Korean studies at Tufts University.
Because of its extreme poverty and isolation, North Korea has long relied on a shadow economy to support its ruling elite. It makes sense that meth has joined a list of illicit goods that in the past included knock-off major brand cigarettes and counterfeit U.S. currency, Lee said.
The drug "is easy to produce and has a high profit margin," he said. "It would be surprising if the state turned away from this opportunity."
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