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October 16, 2018

Additional statistical bulletin on drug seizures, acting on information

Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Office of the President
Press Release No. 11/2018
9th Waxing of Wagaung, 1380 ME
(20 August 2018)

Additional statistical bulletin on drug seizures, acting on information

1. In order to prevent and eradicate the dangers of narcotic drugs and psychotropic drugs, the Office of the President has formed the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department on 26 June 2018 to systematically accept and respond to reports on drug abuses and other related cases from the general public.
2. With orders from the Office of the President, the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department relayed information on reports on drug-related offenses up to 18 August 2018 to the Ministry of Home Affairs to take action, as displayed below:

No Nature of report Details on seizure and legal action taken
1. Information received of illegal drug sales in  Nanmhaw Village, Mohnyin Twp, Kachin State. On 12-8-2018, local police staked out a mining quarry in Nanmhaw Village, Hpakant Twp, and arrested Mar Yaw, 44, from Ward 3, Sapot Village, after discovering “88/1” psychotropic tablets in her possession.

A case has been opened against her with MaMaSa (Hpakhnt) MaYa (Pa) 135/2018 under Section 19-A/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

2 Information received of Maung Pein selling illegal drugs in Shwe Pyi Myit Village, located on the bank opposite Sezin Village, Hpakant Twp, Kachin State. On 12-8-2018, police performing undercover investigation in Ward 5, Sezin Village, Hpakant Twp, discovered Maung Pein (a) Myint Aung, 35, with heroin in his pants pocket.

He has been arrested and a case opened with NaMaSa (Sezin) MaYa(Pa) 12/2018 under Section 16-C/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

3 Information received of groups of people selling illegal drugs daily on the hilltop in Group 10, Ward 4, Kutkai Twp, Shan State (North). Police have opened 17 cases and arrested 17 men and one woman together with heroin and psychotropic tablets in the past three weeks.

On 14-8-2018, investigations into related cases led to a stake out in Ward 4 of Kutkai Twp. Police arrested Jone Zel (male), 21, after discovering “88/1” psychotropic tablets in his bag as he walked by. A case has been opened with MaMaSa (Kutkai) MaYa(Pa) 91/2018 under Section 19-A of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

4 Information received of Ko Aung Than selling illegal drugs near Salin Monastery on Kyaittan Street, Kyimyindine Twp, Yangon Region. On 17-8-2018, local police entered the house of Aung Than, 55, located behind the Waynayya Tukha Yaychansin, in front of Salin monastery on Kyaittan Street, Magyidan North Ward, Kyimyindine Twp, and arrested him and Aung Kyaw Kyaw, 38, after discovering heroin in their possession.

A case has been opened with MaMaSa (Kyimyindine) MaYa(Pa) 18/2018 under Section 16-C/20-A/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

5 Information received of Ko Pu selling illegal drugs from his home in room 6, building no. 315, corner of Maydarwi Street and Danyawadi Street, Ward 19, Hlinethaya Twp, Yangon Region. On 15-8-2018, local police searched the house of Ko Pu (a) Sein Kalar, 52, in room 6, building no. 315, corner of Maydarwi Street and Danyawadi Street, Ward 19, Hlinethaya Twp, and arrested him together with WY psychotropic tablets in his possession.

A case has been opened with MaMaSa (Hlinethaya) MaYa(Pa) 51/2018 under Section 16-C/20-A/22-B/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

6 Information received of Myo Min Tun (a) Poe Htaung in Aung Chantar Ward, YeU Twp, Sagaing Region, and Thiha Zaw from the tractor workshop located opposite the hospital in Nyaungpingyisu Village, selling illegal drugs and operating a counterfeit currency business. On 14-8-2018, local police entered the house/motorcycle workshop of Poe Htaung (a) Myo Min Tun, 33, in Aung Chantar Ward, YeU Twp, and arrested him, Aung Naing (a) Aung Naing Htay, 39, and Zaw Ye Aung, 24, after discovering “88/1” psychotropic tablets, heroin and fifty fake Ks10,000 notes in their possession. Police also discovered the drugs were obtained from Thiha Zaw, 27, in Nyaungpingyisu Village, KhinU Twp, but a search of his house did not reveal any items related to illegal drugs.

The four suspects have been arrested and a case opened with MaMaSa (Yay-U) MaYa(Pa) 5/2018 under Section 19-A/20-A/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law. A case has also been opened against Poe Htaung, for possession counterfeit money, with MaSaSa (YeU) (Pa) 198/2018 under Section 105/106 of the Central Bank of Myanmar Law.

7 Information received of illegal drugs sold in a gold mine owned by Pantaung Co. in Wahphyutaung Village-tract, Yamethin Twp, Mandalay Region. On 10-8-2018, local police investigating the Pantaung Co. gold mine in Yamethin Twp inspected the hut of Daw Nyo, 48, on the upper stalls of the gold mine, and arrested her and Rakhine (a) Maung Maung (a) Maung Oo San, 37, together with “88/1” psychotropic tablets. Police discovered the drugs were bought from Ma Htwe Nyo in Warphyutaung Lower Village. A case has been opened against all three suspects with MaMaSa (Yamethin) MaYa(Pa) 12/2018 under Section 16-C/20-A/21/22-B of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

On 12-8-2018, police entered the house of Ma Htwe Nyo, 35, in Warphyutaung Lower Village in Yamethin Twp and arrested her together with “88/1” psychotropic tablets. A case has been opened with MaMaSa (Yamethin) MaYa(Pa) 13/2018 under Section 19-A/20-A of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

8 Information received of Daw Kyi Htay selling illegal drugs from her home located in front of the EPC grounds in Area 4, Wunzin Ward, Meiktila Twp, Mandalay Region. On 17-8-2018, local police entered the house of Daw Kyi Htay, 57, in front of the EPC grounds in Area 4, Wunzin Ward, Meiktila Twp, and arrested her together with “88/1” psychotropic tablets. A case has been opened with NaMaSa (2) (Meiktila) MaYa(Pa) 18/2018 under Section 16-C of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.
9 Information received of Ko Win Naing selling illegal drugs and using them from his house in No. (11), Malarmyaing Street 6, Hlinethaya Twp, Yangon Region. On 17-8-2018, local police entered the house of Win Naing (a) Min Win Naing, 48, in No. (11), Malarmyaing Street 6, Hlinethaya Twp, and arrested him together with WY psychotropic tablets. A case has been opened with MaMaSa (Hlaing) (Meiktila) MaYa(Pa) 17/2018 under Section 19-A/20-A of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.
10 Information received of Ko Tun Win selling illegal drugs near the fire station in Zawgyi Ward, Yaksawk Twp, Shan State (South). On 13-8-2018, local police searched the house of Tun Win (a) Kyaw Lwin Htoo, 37, in Zawgyi Ward, Yaksawk Twp, and a hut beside the corn field adjacent to his house. Police arrested Tun Win, Kun Zaw, 20, from Ngapyawganaing Village, Yaw Ko (a) Yaw Ko Ko Aung, 24, from Myo-U Ward, Lin Lin (a) Nga Lin, 31, from Ngapyawganaing Village, and Ma Aye Cho, 19, from Hue Village, together with WY psychotropic tablets. A case has been opened against all five suspects with MaMaSa (Yaksawk) MaYa(Pa) 37/2018 under Section 19-A/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.
11 Information received of illegal drug use by Ma Aye living in the house of the deceased Ko Aye Ko and his wife Daw Tin Gyi, in Yaylekyun Ward, Mohnyin Twp, Kachin State. On 11-8-2018, police entered the house of the deceased Ko Aye Ko and his wife Daw Tin Gyi, in No. 59/C in Yaylekyun Ward, Mohnyin Twp, and arrested Ma Aye (a) Ma Aye Aye Myint, 45, and her son Thiha Naing (a) Li Phyin, 25, together with heroin. A case has been opened against all five suspects with MaMaSa (Mohnyin) MaYa(Pa) 132/2018 under Section 16-C/21 of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.
12 Information received of Ma Thuzar selling illegal drugs by night at ‘Aung Gabar’ betel nut vendor on the side of Pyidaungsu Road, Nantpote Village, Nantpote Village-tract, Mohnyin Twp, Kachin State. On 11-8-2018, local police entered the house/ ‘Aung Gabar’ betel nut vendor of Ma Thuzar, 40, on the side of Pyidaungsu Road, Nantpote Village, Mohnyin Twp, and arrested her together with “88/1” psychotropic tablets. A case has been opened with MaMaSa (Mohnyin) MaYa(Pa) 133/2018 under Section 19-A of the Anti-Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law.

3. Out of the information sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs, so far 153 cases have been opened as of 18-8-2018, and 195 men and 41 women have been arrested with seizures of 1,846.44 g of heroin, 0.55 g of ICE, 230 g of black opium, 31,381 g of raw opium, 17.50 g of low-quality opium, 27.50 g of opium residue, 1,502 g of powder opium, 3,266 g of speciosa, 83,296 stimulant tablets, 1,766.08 g of marijuana, 0.10 liters of opium tincture, 213.40 g of opium blocks, 60 g of poppy seeds, and a gas gun. Efforts for fighting the drug trafficking has been stepped up and the ministry will report on further exposed cases.

4. In addition to the investigations and arrests conducted on drug related complaints mentioned above, the Tatmadaw and Myanmar Police Force have also carried out separate investigations on drug complaints, search and arrests at border gates, and searches of vehicles acting upon given information.
In Shan State, a man was arrested in Lawar Village in Mabein Twp together with 3,561 g of heroin and 58,4974 psychotropic tablets; 2,200 g of heroin and 824,000 psychotropic tablets were seizing near Kyauklongyi Village; 1,210 g of heroin, 318,000 psychotropic tablets and 16,000 psychotropic tablets destroyed by moisture were seized in Layinkwin Road in Sipain Village-tract.
In Maungtaw Twp in Rakhine State, four arrests were made of one man and three women and a seizure of 2,766,412 psychotropic tablets and 160 g of marijuana; eight arrests involving firearms were made of fifteen men and one woman and a seizure of 7,622 psychotropic tablets, 10 different firearms, 171 different bullets, 3 hand grenades, 80 sinkers, 550 g of gunpowder, 1 fuse line and 1 detonator.
Two arrests were made in Yangon International Airport resulting in the arrest of two men and two women and a seizure of 28,784 psychotropic tablets.
There have been 357 cases being opened between 12-8-2018 and 18-8-2018, and 428 men and 81 women have been arrested. Seizures of 12,829.71 g of heroin, 322.05 g of ICE, 6,972.59 g of raw opium, 12 g of low-quality opium, 27,635.05 g of powder opium, 14,080.50 g of speciosa, 5,389,242 stimulant tablets, 8,324.18 g of marijuana, 1 g of crushed stimulant tablet powder, 0.9 g of opium blocks, 0.05 liter of opium tincture, 3 buprenorphine tablets, 9,600 liters of hydrochloric acid, 0.006 liters of diazepine, 1 g of ketamine, 3,050 kilos of sodium cyanide, 10 different firearms, 170 different bullets, 3 hand grenades, 1 detonator, 80 sinkers, 550 g of gunpowder, and 1 fuse line.

5. To seize further drugs and to arrest drugs dealers, people are urged to inform the Ministry of Home Affairs, region and state governments and to inform huge cases of drug trafficking and other suspicious cases directly to the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department of the Office of the President via following contact numbers:

Contacts
Auto telephone No. – 067-590200
Fax Phone No. – 067-590233
Email Address – antinarcotics@presidentoffice.gov.mm

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