Myanmar conducts drug raids near Thai border

Updated On: Aug 27, 2009

Myanmar police seized more than 100 blocks of heroin and almost 3 million methamphetamine tablets near the border with Thailand in one of the country's biggest drug seizures, the Myanma Ahlin state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.

An anti-drug squad confiscated two guns and ammunition, arresting four people in the raid Monday on two houses in the northeastern town of Tachileik. It also seized 104 heroin blocks, including two that weighed 700 kilograms, 2,926,000 methamphetamine pills and 21 kilograms of powdered heroin.

A Thai couple was also arrested in the vicnity at the border town of Taichek, in Myanmar's eastern Shan state. They had offered to buy drugs at a price of 40 bahts per stimulant tablet, the New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.

Myanmar produced an estimated 410 tons of opium in 2008, enough to make around 40 tons of heroin, according to United Nations data. The heroin goes mainly to China and Pacific Rim countries such as Australia. Myanmar is the world's second-largest producer after Afghanistan, which accounts for 90 percent of world output.

The country is also a major source of methamphetamine, much of it trafficked to neighbouring Thailand.


Thai couple arrested for drug trade in Myanmar border town, 27 August 2009, 


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