Burma

Border Guard Police Under Investigation for Keeping Methamphetamines

By San Paw 28 July 2016

Seven border guard policemen from a post on the Burma-Bangladesh border in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township are under investigation for not turning over nearly 300,000 yaba pills, or methamphetamines.

Among the seven detainees is the head of the border police post.

Acting on a tip, a team of police led by Lt Col Tint Zaw Oo, head of the Maungdaw Township Border Guard Police Force No. 2, made the arrest on Tuesday, according to a local police officer.

The officer confirmed the drug seizure and the detention of seven border guard policemen who are currently under investigation.

According to the officer, the methamphetamines were buried under the police post’s mess hall. Almost 300,000 pink-colored pills were seized, worth an estimated US$500,000.

The officer added that during the investigation, Lance Corporal Maung Maung Lay, head of the local border police post, said that he and two of his subordinates brought a bag stuffed with pills back to their post after finding it on the nearby Maungdaw-Angu Maw highway. It remains unclear why the drugs were found buried under the mess hall.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko.

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