Myanmar law-enforcers have seized 8.14 kg of heroin and 142,500 stimulants in a hold-up in the northern Kachin state, according to a press statement from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC).
Acting on a tip-off, police stopped and searched a car in Shwe Ku township late on last Sunday.
Heroin worth 651.2 million kyats (465,142 U.S. dollars) and stimulants worth 427.5 million kyats (305,357 U.S. dollars) were seized from the car and three suspects were arrested.
This comes within a week of a similar big seizure from the neighbouring Sagaing province.
While Kachin state has borders with India and China, Sagaing shares a hilly forested border with India’s Arunachal Pradesh , Nagaland and Manipur states.
“So the seizures have implications for our big neighbours as much as it has for us,” says Burmese analyst Moe Htwe.
Myanmar authorities seized 4.092 kg of heroin in Sagaing Region last week, the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) had said.
Acting on source alerts, the anti-narcotic police force stopped and searched a car in Khampat township Tuesday last week.
Heroin worth over 245 million kyats (over 175,371 U.S. dollars) was confiscated from the car.
These two seizures indicate Myanmar’s Covid season has boosted both drug output and trade. And unlike in recent years, high quality Burmese heroin is back in demand alongside chemically manufactured Amphetamine and such other stimulants.
Renu Sweeta reports from Penang Malaysia : Penang police notched a major victory in their battle against drugs with the arrest of five traffickers — including four Myanmar nationals — this week.
Police officials told Easternlink that their drug seizure was worth more than 1.2 million Malaysian Ringgit and this was achieved in two separate raids.The Myanmar-run drug syndicate was one of two cartels drug foiled by state police in two separate raids this month.
Police also seized drugs worth more than RM810,831 from the gang hauled up last week . That included 2,980 grammes of heroin base, 8,493g syabu and 14,000 WY pills.