Drugs seized at civil ser­vant hous­ing

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

PO­LICE seized hun­dreds of il­le­gal stim­u­lant tablets from a taxi out­side of civil ser­vant hous­ing in Nay Pyi Taw on Septem­ber 16.

Act­ing on a tip-off, po­lice were wait­ing when a white Toy­ota Mark II sedan pulled up to the civil ser­vant quar­ters on No 1 Mya Tain Hl­war Road at about 6:30pm.

Taxi driver Ko Htay Kyaw and pas­sen­ger Ko Aung Aung were told to step out of the car while po­lice con­ducted a search that re­vealed 800 stim­u­lant tablets.

Hid­den in a bag of peanut can­dies were 16 pack­ets of the il­licit stim­u­lant, as well as 20 pills of a drug la­belled “Air-X”.

Ac­cord­ing to Ko Aung Aung’s state­ment, the drugs were pur­chased from a dealer named Ko Maung Soe in Yan­gon Re­gion for K1000 (US$0.82) per pill.

The seized drugs are worth K2.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the No 7 po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice have opened a case against Ko Aung Aung, who they be­lieve was at­tempt­ing to deal the drugs, as well as driver Ko Htay Kyaw and man­u­fac­turer Ko Maung Soe.

Charges have been filed un­der sec­tions 15, 19(a), 20(a) and 21 of the Nar­cotics Drug and Psy­chotropic Sub­stance Law for fail­ure to reg­is­ter med­i­cal treat­ment, pos­sess­ing or traf­fick­ing il­licit drugs with the in­ten­tion of sell­ing them, dis­tri­bu­tion of un­reg­is­tered nar­cotics and abet­ting in drug deal­ing.

“From my point of view, I think the taxi driver is not re­lated with the case and should not be con­sid­ered as one of the ac­cused. But we are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate,” said Po­lice Colonel Zaw Khin Aung, head of the Nay Pyi Taw Po­lice Force. It was also not im­me­di­ately clear who the in­tended buyer was.

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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