Friday, September 22, 2017

Drugs seized at civil servant housing

Police seized hundreds of illegal stimulant tablets from a taxi outside of civil servant housing in Nay Pyi Taw on September 16.

Acting on a tip-off, police were waiting when a white Toyota Mark II sedan pulled up to the civil servant quarters on No 1 Mya Tain Hlwar Road at about 6:30pm.

Taxi driver Ko Htay Kyaw and passenger Ko Aung Aung were told to step out of the car while police conducted a search that revealed 800 stimulant tablets.

Hidden in a bag of peanut candies were 16 packets of the illicit stimulant, as well as 20 pills of a drug labelled “Air-X”.

According to Ko Aung Aung’s statement, the drugs were purchased from a dealer named Ko Maung Soe in Yangon Region for K1000 (US$0.82) per pill.

The seized drugs are worth K2.5 million, according to the No 7 police station.

Police have opened a case against Ko Aung Aung, who they believe was attempting to deal the drugs, as well as driver Ko Htay Kyaw and manufacturer Ko Maung Soe.

Charges have been filed under sections 15, 19(a), 20(a) and 21 of the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substance Law for failure to register medical treatment, possessing or trafficking illicit drugs with the intention of selling them, distribution of unregistered narcotics and abetting in drug dealing.

“From my point of view, I think the taxi driver is not related with the case and should not be considered as one of the accused. But we are continuing to investigate,” said Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung, head of the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force. It was also not immediately clear who the intended buyer was.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun