Stimulants seized in Nay Pyi Taw, Shan State
MORE than K4 million worth of stimulant tablets were seized by police in Nay Pyi Taw’s Zabuthiri township on August 19.
Police went to Seesar Restaurant on Padama Road in Shwe Kyar Pin ward in the afternoon to arrest three people who had reportedly been dealing drugs above the restaurants.
They arrested Ko Nay Lin Aung, Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Kyaw Min Htike and found nearly 1000 “WY” stimulant tablets and 351 “88” stimulant tablets, a total value of nearly K4.2 million (about US$3500). They also seized two cell phones, two motorcycles and K186,000.
The trio has been charged under several sections of the narcotics act and if convicted would face a minimum sentence of 28 years in prison with a maximum penalty of death.
“Young people are using the most stimulant tablets nowadays,” Nay Pyi Taw Police Force Second Lieutenant Ngwe Ko said. “We need to stop this and take specific actions.”
On August 17, meanwhile, more than US$500,000 worth of amphetamine tablets were seized from a vehicle on the Meiktila-Taunggyi highway, after police carried out a routine milepost inspection.
Police found 135,000 pink methamphetamine tablets packed tightly inside plastic bags. The current local price per pill is around K5000, with the total value of the haul estimated at around K675,000,000.
The two men, Sai from Payar Phyu ward in Taunggyi and and Maung Patrick from Hpekon township, were bound for Thazi. They received the drugs from Ma Nan Yin of Taunggyi, according to police.
Police Lieutenant Zaw Htoo Aung of Narcotic Force 1 has filed charges under sections 15 and 19(a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law. Ma Nin Yin is still wanted by police for her role in the operation.
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo