Sittwe police make arrest after massive drug bust
markets, railway stations, harbours along the Ayeyarwady River and under bridges in six townships in Mandalay.
The goal of the study was to collect data about the children so service providers can more effectively help the respondents and prevent more children from winding up on the street, said Daw Nan Mauk Sai, chief officer of the Mandalay DSW.
“The main reason why children live on the street is because their family’s income is not good enough and they live in poverty,” she said. “It’s a big problem to be solved.”
Officials from the DSW, Mandalay City Development Committee, the Department of Immigration, the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the police force and other related departments discussed the data and possible solutions at a street children eradication workshop last week.
“Now is the time to draw up a plan for the street children,” said U Kyaw Win, the Mandalay Region director of the DSW. “This is a very complicated problem that people have been trying to solve since the Child Law was enacted [in 1993].” – Translation by San Layy POLICE have a suspect in custody related to a huge drug bust on the Sittwe jetty on June 27.
The suspect was arrested in Maungdaw township on June 29, two days after the bust. Police said they believed he was the intended receiver of the drugs, and may have been trying to deliver them onward to Bangladesh.
Rakhine State anti-drug police found more than 790,000 stimulant tablets labeled with the letters “WY”, a common demarcation for methamphetamine, or “yaba”, in the stowage of a Sittwe ferry. The drugs are estimated to be worth more than K2.4 billion.
Sittwe police have arrested two suspicious people related to drug trade recently and they are attempting to trace those suspects to other potential drug traffickers, U Aung Myint Oo, a senior police official, said.
“We are trying our best to catch the person who trafficked these drugs by alerting all anti-drug police in the state,” he said. “However, we haven’t identified any other suspects yet.”
U Maung Maung Than, a senior official with Sittwe’s police department, said it is the largest drug seizure in Rakhine State’s history.
Police have stopped 40 drug transactions and arrested 80 related suspects in the past four months, he said. Most of those arrested were from Bangladesh, he said, but the two suspects related to the June 27 bust were from Rakhine State.
U Maung Maung Than added that police are trying to figure out who was in charge of the drug trade, but it’s difficult because the suspects are likely low-level traffickers and they don’t know who is at the top of the chain.
Police say these drugs were transported from Yangon to Sittwe and then were going to be carried from Sittwe – through Buthidaung township and Maungdaw township — to Bangladesh.
Arakan National Party Secretary U Tun Aung Kyaw said the drug trade has become a problem in the state and noted that many young people have started using drugs.
“We can’t say how many drugs got through before we caught this one,” he said.
A child holding an infant begs for money from drivers in Mandalay.