K3.6 bil­lion worth of il­le­gal pills seized in Rakhine’s Rathedaung town­ship

The Myanmar Times - - News - YEE YWAL MYINT news­room@mm­times.com

CLOSE to 2 mil­lion am­phet­a­mine tablets have been seized by po­lice in Rathedaung town­ship, Rakhine State, fol­low­ing a tip-off by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The drugs were found at the base of May Yu Moun­tain, near Ywar Thar Yar vil­lage, af­ter po­lice were in­formed of the il­le­gal cache by three lo­cal women.

The own­ers of the stash have not yet been iden­ti­fied by po­lice.

“We are still look­ing for the traf­fick­ers. The street value of each pill is K2000 [US$1.57]. Be­cause we found nearly 1.8 mil­lion tablets, the to­tal value of the il­le­gal nar­cotics seized is al­most K3.6 bil­lion [$2.8 mil­lion],” said U Maung Maung, Rathedaung’s town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Zaydi Pyin po­lice have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der sec­tion 19(a) of the Nar­cotic Drugs and Psy­chotropic Sub­stances Law. The would-be traf­fick­ers, if they are caught, could face up to 10 years in prison.

The drugs haul is the lat­est in a se­ries of large il­licit nar­cotics seizures across Rakhine State. Last month, a stash of 7 mil­lion am­phet­a­mine tablets was un­cov­ered by po­lice in neigh­bour­ing Maung­daw town­ship.

At a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the Oc­to­ber 9 as­sault on three bor­der guard posts in north­ern Rakhine State, Po­lice Ma­jor Gen­eral Zaw Win, Myan­mar’s top cop, sug­gested that the at­tack­ers might have links to drug traf­fick­ing.

– Trans­la­tion by Emoon

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