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Myanmar police arrest 6 suspects after drug bust

Myanmar police arrest 6 suspects after drug bust

Police in Myanmar arrested six people after a recent drug bust that officials said Thursday was considerably smaller than initial reports in state media.
An anti-drug squad seized nearly 3 million methamphetamine tablets and 104 blocks of heroin totaling 80 pounds (36 kilograms) during a raid of two homes in a northeastern border town with Thailand on Monday, according to the Myanma Ahlin newspaper and an official in the Home Ministry's narcotics division.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.
A day earlier, the state-run newspaper reported two of the heroin blocks weighed a staggering 1,540 pounds (700 kilograms). It did not give the weight of the remaining 102 blocks.
The initial report also said the anti-drug squad confiscated two guns, ammunition and arrested four people in the raid in the town of Tachileik, on the border with Thailand.
Thursday's report said confessions from the four suspects led to two more arrests of Thai citizens alleged to be accomplices. The pair was staying at a hotel in Tachileik.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, produced an estimated 410 tons of opium in 2008, enough to make about 40 tons of heroin, according to United Nations figures. The country is the world's second-largest producer after Afghanistan, which accounts for 90 percent of world output.
Myanmar is also a major source of methamphetamine. Much of it is trafficked to neighboring Thailand where abuse of the drug is rampant.


Updated : 2021-06-13 14:09 GMT+08:00