Myanmar seizes $30 million worth of drugs

Police in Myanmar find $30 million worth of drugs in container vehicle as country vows to end growing drug trade

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police from the Narcotics Control Board guard bags of methamphetamine pills during the 43rd Destruction of Confiscated Narcotics ceremony in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok.

Police in Myanmar seized more than $30 million worth of heroin and methamphetamine as a part of country’'s efforts to end growing illegal drug trade.

Myanmar has remained at the heart of “Golden Triangle,” which is a notorious drug market, involving Thailand and Laos where large amount of drugs are seized daily. 

"It's worth about 37 billion $30 million (Kyats) ," a senior police official of the anti-drugs squad in Naypyidaw said on condition of anonymity.

"This is the biggest seizure of 2016," he added.

A large variety of narcotics, including  82 kilogramme's of methamphetamine, 24 kilogramme's of heroin, 6.8 million stimulant tablet sand, 15 kilogramme's of opium were found during a police raid in a container vehicle in an industrial zone of Mandalay.

The methamphetamine dominates global market and has become the biggest smuggled drug in Southeast and East Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes.

Lieutenant Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Win, Lower Myanmar Commander of the police’s Drug Enforcement Division said that “Most of the traffickers cannot send the drugs to the Thailand border area, China border area and also Laos.”

“So their trafficking route is Shan state, to across the Mandalay division, Bago division and Yangon division and after that they send to Rakhine state and Bangladesh nowadays," he added.  

Last year, security forces seized more than $100 million worth stimulant tablets from a container vehicle in Yangon, the second largest city and old capital of Myanmar.  

“This year, we combined with the Yangon division police and every night, we interrogate and (hold) spot checks on the road in every township,” Mr. Kyaw said.  

Myanmar faces a number of challenges relating to drugs, crime and criminal justice.The country is world’s second largest producer after Afghanistan in duplicate production of methamphetamine tablets.

TRTWorld and agencies