K200 million worth of meth pills seized in Maungdaw


YANGON – A haul of methamphetamine pills worth an estimated K200 million have been found in a boat on the Naf River, at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh in northern Rakhine State.

Authorities discovered 97,500 tablets while patrolling the river at about 10.30 on Sunday night, Police Colonel Thet Naing, from the Border Guard Police in Maungdaw Township, told Frontier.

“Myanmar security forces are searching for the culprit for who owned the boat but they have disappeared,” Thet Naing said, adding that the drugs were worth an estimated K190 million.

Police seized more than 10 million methamphetamine tablets in Maungdaw Township in 2015, according to figures from the Myanmar Police Force, including the capture of 6.2 million pills at a construction materials factory in Maungdaw in September.

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Earlier this month, a Buddhist monk was caught hiding more than four million methamphetamine pills at his monastery in Maungdaw. 

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