August drug busts tally released
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