Police from Mon state declared four more villages in Thaton district drug free zones on 8 October.
Police Col Bo Bo Win made this declaration at a ceremony where a sign was erected.
“As those villages are found not to be engaged in drug trafficking. So, we declare them drug-free zones.” he said.
More and more cases of drug trafficking or drug abuse are being exposed because of frequent awareness training courses in the villages as well as providing treatment to drug abusers, official said.
Mon state saw a total of 210 cases in the first nine months of 2016. The police seized marijuana weighing 2.614 kg, ICE weighing 152.2 grams, opium weighing 780 grams and 81,277 yaba tablets from 303 people.
“Our village became a drug free zone. So, I am really proud of our village as a villager. In future too, we will cooperate with the police”, said a local from Naung Kala Shan village.
The four villages recently declared drug free zones are: Naung Kala Shan village from Thaton township, Pan Gone village from Paung township, Dauk Yat village from Bilin township, Kaw Pain village from Kyaikhto township, making a total of 10 drug free villages in Mon state.— Myitmakha News Agency