Drug surveillance increased in the capital
POLICE are taking extra precautions to stem the tide of narcotics into the nation’s capital, an official from the Nay Pyi Taw Region Police Force said. The pledge was made following the seizure of hundreds of illegal stimulant tablets from a taxi outside of civil servant housing on September 16.
Anti-narcotic task forces are particularly focusing on Nay Pyi Taw’s border areas near Mandalay Region and Shan State, according to Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung.
“We are conducting operations to stop the inflow of drugs which mostly enter from the north and northeast of Nay Pyi Taw. We are working as hard as we can to stop drugs from entering Nay Pyi Taw from these places,” the police colonel said.
Anti-narcotics operations are being undertaken in all townships across Nay Pyi Taw as well as in the neighbouring townships of Pyimana and Lewe.
Earlier this month, police established a pilot checkpoint scheme in six wards and villages of Pyinmana township, with the aim of later extending it.
A number of individuals were arrested and drugs were seized in 13 anti-narcotics operations carried out in the capital this August.
“It is quite difficult to crack these narcotics cases, as by their nature, they are very secretive. We have to invest a lot of time in the investigation before we can undertake the arrests,” said Pol Col Zaw Khin Aung.
“But we have been able to conduct more seizures than in the past and have successfully tracked [the drugs] back to the sources.”
Police hope to eventually make Nay Pyi Taw a narcotics-free zone, though they say that anti-drug operations require significant effort and resources given the level of secrecy with which drug dealers operate.
Pol Col Zaw Khin Aung was confident of the police’s future success, stating that the information gained from each arrest makes it easier to uncover other drug-related activities.
– Translation by Emoon