Myanmar’s international airports the top hub for drug smugglers

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An aviation policewoman seen checking up a passenger at Yangon International Airport on Oct 28 (Photo-Win Myint Kyaw)
An aviation policewoman seen checking up a passenger at Yangon International Airport on Oct 28 (Photo-Win Myint Kyaw)

Myanmar’s three main international airports have become a major transfer hub for illegal narcotics, according to the chief of the Aviation Police Department.

The aviation police force has found most narcotic drugs smugglers using Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports to smuggle drugs. The force has also taken action against some foreigners carrying bullets.

“The detectors we use in the three airports are of the highest technology. We are planning to buy more modern equipment if it is available. We have uncovered narcotic drug cases mostly at these airports,” said Police Brigadier General Nay Win.

One of the largest shipments of narcotic drugs was found on the morning of October 7 in the departure lounge of Yangon International Airport.

Checking the luggage of Phyu Ou, airport security found approximately Ks 274 million worth of narcotic drugs labeled “WY” hidden inside 18 paper boxes of Myint Myint Wai & Kabar San pudding, along with a passport, round-trip ticket for Yangon-Bangkok-Dakar, US$400, a wallet, and a handset.

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