Border police held over seizure of stimulants worth K580m

A cache of nearly 300,000 methamphetamine tablets found at a Border Guard Police post in Rakhine State was among drugs worth more than US$1 billion seized in two operations last week, media reports said.

Seven Border Guard Police officers, including a superintendent, were arrested after the tablets were found hidden in the ground under a kitchen at the post, at Kyaukpantu in Maungdaw Township, on July 27, reports said.

The 292,500 stimulant tablets were worth more than K580 million (about $490,000), an officer at police headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw, told Reuters.

In another case, narcotics valued by police at K1 billion (about $840,000) were seized at Hpakant in Kachin State, Eleven Media reported on July 27.

It quoted police as saying three men were arrested after the unidentified drugs were found hidden inside an air compressor in a van that had travelled to the jade mining town from Shan State.

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Meanwhile, police in the Thai border town of Mae Sai arrested two Myanmar men on July 26 after finding more than 200,000 methamphetamine tablets in their possession, reported US state-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia.

It quoted Thai police saying the tablets were worth THB5.5 million (about K188 million).

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