Au­gust drug busts tally re­leased

The Myanmar Times - - News -

PO­LICE made 1050 drug busts in Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics re­leased on Septem­ber 6.

The re­port, is­sued by the Myan­mar Po­lice Force, said more than 1680 peo­ple were ar­rested in to­tal – 1484 men and 196 women.

Po­lice con­fis­cated 44.19 kilo­grams of poppy in 41 cases, 43.56kg of heroin from 351 cases, and more than 360kg of var­i­ous forms of opium over 65 cases. Am­phet­a­mine cases topped the list with more than 550 cases, in­volv­ing 3 mil­lion tablets, and 40.89kg of am­phet­a­mine pow­der.

“As the po­lice seized the drugs, there are many cases where ar­rests were made,” said East Yan­gon district Po­lice Colonel Myit Htwe.

This month’s drug seizures have al­ready started, with a raid of 74,119 am­phet­a­mine tablets in Kayin State’s Myawady town­ship on Septem­ber 6.

Po­lice worked their way up to the cache, first ar­rest­ing small-time deal­ers.

The se­ries of ar­rests started with Ma Nan Than Than Myint on Bo Min Yaung Street, who had 982 WY tablets and K50,000. Po­lice de­ter­mined her sup­ply came from Ma Aye Th­wel. At her house, they found 1963 WY tablets.

Her dealer was Ko Ta Yoke aka Sai Thiha. Sai Thiha’s house was the jack­pot, po­lice said. They found 71,200 WY tablets, 350 grams of WY pow­der, 1kg of metham­phetamine, four .32 cal­iber pis­tols, and an un­li­censed Toy­ota, which, po­lice said, was be­ing used for trans­port­ing drugs. The to­tal value of the drugs ex­ceeded K300 mil­lion (US$250,000).

– Toe Wai Aung, trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han and San Layy

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