29 June 2020
Under the guidance of U Win Myint, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the drug squad police, Tatmadaw and Myanmar Police Force are taking the measures of preventing and combating the narcotic drugs with accelerated momentum. It was learnt that the current amount of seized narcotic drugs is three times greater than that in 2019.
Myanmar authorities ceremonially burned narcotic drugs worth over USD 839 million seized in the country during 2019 in four different places to mark the 33rd International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which falls on 26 June.
It was learnt that the ceremonies to burn seized narcotic drugs were held in Yangon Region, Mandalay Region, Lashio in Shan State and Taunggyi in accord with the guidelines released from the Ministry of Health and Sports. On 23 June, the ceremony to burn seized narcotic drugs worth of USD 2.3 million was held in Kutkai in advance.
The ceremony to burn seized narcotic drugs was held in the compound of the terminal of trucks in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon Region attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, cabinet members of Yangon Region Government, departmental officials and the representatives from UN organizations.
U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister for Yangon Region Government, said, “Narcotic drugs become a big challenge and an obstacle to the development of the State and human resources as there has been a widespread of the use and sale of drugs. President U Win Myint gave instructions to the officials to fight against the drug problem. Local police force, anti-drug squad police and custom deparment should cooperate with authorities concerned at the different levels in the fight against the transporation of drugs, illegal drug trade and drug use. Effective legal actions should be taken against those involving in the narcotic drugs. Drug cases should be handled in accord with the rules and regulations free from bribery and corruption.”
Yangon Region Minister for Security and Border Affairs Colonel Aung Soe Moe, Chairman of Regional Level Drug Abuse Control Committee, read out the message sent by Chairman of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control and Union Minister for Home Affairs, saying that preventive measures against the narcotic drugs must be taken in advance as there may appear the markets of narcotic drugs taking advantage of the outbreak of the COVID-19.
Colonel Aung Soe Moe, Chairman of Regional Level Drug Abuse Control Committee, said, “Economic crisis has been found in a variety of businesses as the COVID-19 outbreak is going on in the world. Taking advantage of this situation, there will be changes in the routes of transporting and selling drugs. The responsible persons should make preparations for fighting and combating the narcotic drugs.”
The burned narcotic drugs included more than 3,000 kilos of opium, 1,000 kilos of heroin, 308 million stimulant tablets, 11,000 kilos of iced, more than 800 kilos of marijuana and more than 1,400 kilos of ketamine and other drug related items.
Police Brigadier General Myo Min Htike, Head of Yangon Region Police Force, said, “In 2019, the seized narcotic drugs that burned in Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi was worth more than USD 301 million which 59 chemical items including opium and heroin could be destroyed. During this year, the amount of seized drugs became more than last year and the drugs worth of more than USD 538 million could be destroyed.”
Min Tun (Oakkyin) and Ye Naing (Laukkai)