Police announce wanted suspect in record drugs haul
POLICE are seeking a suspect in connection with a record amphetamine seizure at a factory in Rakhine State earlier this month.
Three suspects have already been detained in connection with the Maungdaw township bust, which uncovered more than 6.2 million tablets of “yaba” on a property owned by a local construction firm.
Following the interrogation of the three suspects, police have announced that they are looking for Ko Nyi Chit, 36, an ethnic Rakhine from Gwa township, who they believe is the group’s ringleader.
Criminal charges have already been brought by police against the suspects.
“We are currently searching for the missing suspect, though we have not found any clues as to his whereabouts,” said Senior Police Officer Kyaw Aye Hlaing from the Maungdaw township police department.
Police say they are investigating a possible connection between the man and the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group, as the man is said to be related to a senior figure in the group.
“We are investigating whether the drugs case has any links to the Arakan Army or not, but we have no evidence of this at this point,” said Phone Lone, a Special Branch officer from Sittwe township.
“We heard that the Arakan Army is in the business of drug dealing because they are in need of money to help their organisation survive. Therefore the drug case may be linked to them,” he added.
But officer Kyaw Aye Hlaing said that while investigations were still ongoing, it is not possible to say whether there is any connection between the drugs seizure and the Arakan Army. “It’s a rumour,” he said. According to the police records, nearly 7 million amphetamine tablets, with an estimated street value of K14 billion, were seized by police during two raids in the same week at a Maungdaw factory.
In the past three months, there have been six major drug seizures in Maungdaw township. – Additional reporting by Yi Ywal Myint