August 19, 2016

Record drug haul seized by police in Mandalay

Kyaw Thu Min, Aung Naing, and Pho Chan.  Photo Police
Kyaw Thu Min, Aung Naing, and Pho Chan. Photo Police

MILLIONS of dollars’ worth of drugs were seized in Pyigyidagun Township, Mandalay Region, on 5 March, following a search of a container inside the compound of a house, the local drug squad said, calling it the largest ever seizure in the region.
The search of Kyaw Kyaw’s house led to the arrests of three people in possession of stimulant pills and drug paraphernalia.
The seizures were valued at K30 billion (US$24.5 million), with one police officer citing the carriers as saying that they were each paid K500,000 ($409) per trip from Kutkhai to Mandalay to transport drugs. Police have filed charges against four people in connection with the case.
Kyaw Thu Min, 27, Aung Naing, 28 and Pho Chan, 25, have been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law. Kyaw Kyaw, the owner of the home, is still on the run.
As a prequel to the record drug haul in Mandalay, six drug dealers were arrested in Mayangon Township, Yangon Region, on 3 March, following a police raid on a house. The raid resulted in the arrests of Saw Talar Saw, Zaw Than, Thet Naing, Kyaw Min Oo, Ma Nayuhat and Ma Shisami together with hundreds of thousands of yabba pills, drug paraphernalia, two vehicles, barrels of liquid chemicals and millions of kyats.
The Bayintnaung Police Station has taken action against the six drug dealers.


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