Po­lice an­nounce wanted sus­pect in record drugs haul

The Myanmar Times - - News - NYAN LYNN AUNG nyan­lin­aung@mm­times.com

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

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