Huge heroin haul in Tachileik
by Nem Davies
Friday, 17 July 2009 21:44
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Over 761 kilograms of heroin and several tablets of Amphetamine tablets were seized by the Burmese authorities from a Thai-Burma border town of Tachileik in eastern Shan State on July 10, according to the state-run media.
The junta’s mouthpiece, the ‘New Light of Myanmar’ newspaper on Thursday said, 340,000 tablets of Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) along with 761 kilograms of heroin were seized when the special task force to check narcotic drugs searched a Tachileik bound Nissan 6-wheel car coming from Mai Sat at the Lwe Taw Kham combined checkpoint.
It was learnt that 1281 pressed blocks (448.35 Kg) of heroin were hidden in 13 cardboard boxes tucked inside 10 polythene bags, and another 896 pressed-blocks (313.6 Kg) of heroin were found hidden inside seven polythene bags and three steel trunks. ATS tablets with WY label were found inside the two polythene bags, the paper said.
This is the biggest haul after 38 kilograms of heroin were found hidden inside teak logs from a cargo vessel in the Asia World port terminal in Rangoon in January.
Sein Kyi, an editor of the Chiang Mai based Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN), said it is the biggest ever seizure of heroin on the Thai-Burma border road.
“Previous seizures of heroin were about 200-300 kilograms. We can say this is the biggest ever seizure of heroin,” said Sein Kyi, who has been monitoring drug trafficking along the Thai-Burma border.
“Drugs are usually trafficked to Laos and to other places via the golden triangle,” he added. Continue reading “Over 761 kilograms of heroin and several tablets of Amphetamine tablets were seized by the Burmese authorities from a Thai-Burma border town of Tachileik”