Police net record drug seizure in Maungdaw
POLICE have uncovered more than 6.2 million tablets of yaba at a factory owned by a local construction materials firm in Maungdaw township, Rakhine.
The record September 19 seizure follows the discovery of nearly 700,000 tablets at the same factory two days earlier.
Sacks of pills were found hidden throughout the company’s compound among piles of bricks and in the back of trucks, where they had been covered with sand.
Nearly 7 million tablets, with an estimated street value of K14 billion, were seized during the two raids.
The owner of the factory, a man from East Myoma ward in Maungdaw township, has not yet been apprehended by police. He is believed to have fled.
Police were kept busy on the night of September 19, later discovering another 682,500 tablets in an electrical appliances shop in the nearby Lathar village. The pills were found in an empty pit which had been dug for future use as a latrine.
Police say that the drugs are being transported to other countries through Maungdaw, which is close to Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh.
In September alone, more than 8 million amphetamine tablets have been seized in Maungdaw, with an estimate worth of more than K16 billion. – Translation by Zar Zar Soe and
Khine Thazin Han
Police conduct a drug raid in Maungdaw township, Rakhine State, on September 19.