Stim­u­lants seized in Nay Pyi Taw, Shan State

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­

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

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