Drug sur­veil­lance in­creased in the cap­i­tal

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

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

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