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Three million ecstasy tablets seized near Tachileik

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – About three million ecstasy tablets and compressed heroin blocks were seized on August 24 near Tachileik in eastern Shan State, Burma, according to a state run newspaper.

The newspaper report said the drug enforcement officials from Tachileik found and seized the narcotic drugs from two houses in Wang Li and Wang Lone villages in Hong Leik village tract.

Initially, the officials found 964,000 pink coloured stimulant tablets from the first house along with 102 compressed heroin blocks and heroin powder weighing 21 kgs. They also found arms and ammunition including a MADSEN rifle, a 9 mm STEYR M9-41 pistol, 108 rounds of ammunition and a 9 mm Lieuger pistol, the newspaper reported.

The news report added that the officials were investigating Sai Win Naing a.k.a. Ah Phin (30), Ah Young (29), Ah Paung a.k.a. Than Oo (18) and Ma Ah Shin (30) in connection with the case.

Based on their statements to the investigators, the officials found more drugs from a house in Wang Lone village in Hong Leik village tract. The seized drugs include two compressed heroin blocks, 1,960,000 stimulant tablets and 10 kgs of Ice, the newspaper said.

According to the 'New Light of Myanmar' report, a total of 104 compressed heroin blocks were seized and only two of them weigh over 700 kgs. But a local resident close to government officials told Mizzima that the figure mentioned in the state-run paper was incorrect. In fact, each compressed heroin block weighs only 350 gms.

According to this local resident, the officials searched a house owned by Aik Khwet at Taw Kaw (outer) village in Hong Leik village tract at 4 p.m. on the same day and found 24 gms Ice but no one was found in the house.

The Tachileik police station confirmed the news of the seizure of the drugs but declined to provide details as a case had not yet been filed at the station.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:59 )  

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