Po­lice net record drug seizure in Maung­daw

The Myanmar Times - - News - YE YWEL MYINT news­room@mm­times.com

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

Photo: Ye Ywel Myint

Po­lice con­duct a drug raid in Maung­daw town­ship, Rakhine State, on Septem­ber 19.

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