In this Feb 22, 2013 photo, a Myanmar army officer patrols close to Mong Pan village, central Shan state, Myanmar. Far from Myanmar's postcard-perfect pagodas and colonial relics, the r

 

              In this Feb 22, 2013 photo, a Myanmar army officer patrols close to Mong Pan village, central Shan state, Myanmar. Far from Myanmar
In this Feb 22, 2013 photo, a Myanmar army officer patrols close to Mong Pan village, central Shan state, Myanmar. Far from Myanmar's postcard-perfect pagodas and colonial relics, the remote mountain villages of southern Shan State do not appear on maps of Myanmar or in any guide books. In obscurity, they have been ground zero for Myanmar's drug trade which has thrived on poverty and corruption. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)