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