Police Seize Another 3.8m Pills Tied to Mingaladon Probe

By May Sitt Paing 28 September 2015

RANGOON — Police have seized another large quantity of stimulant tablets as part of a months-long investigation following a major drug bust in Rangoon’s Mingaladon Township in late July.

A combined team comprised of members of the drug squad, special branch and local police raided a house allegedly owned by Min Oo Khaing in East Dagon Township on Saturday, where they found over 3.8 million stimulant tablets worth an estimated 19.1 billion kyat (approximately US$15.8 million).

“Our follow-up investigation has led to this seizure,” a police officer who took part in the raid told The Irrawaddy.

Two men, Thein Tun Aye and Aung Tin Win, who originally hail from Moe Hti Pyin Village in Ponnagyun Township, Arakan State, were detained at the house. The tenants said they were renting the home from a man living in Tamwe Township.

Saturday’s seizure was the third made in relation to a mammoth haul of narcotics worth over US$100 million that were found abandoned in the back of a truck in Rangoon’s Mingaladon Township on July 26.

The primary suspect in the ongoing investigation, Min Oo Khaing, surrendered to a Burmese anti-narcotics unit on Sept. 15, according to police. He was apprehended in the Thai border town of Mae Sot and extradited to Rangoon.

Last week, police discovered nearly 2 million stimulant tablets and 500 bottles of phensedyl cough syrup—an addictive substance known to be used recreationally—at another home in east Dagon Township reportedly owned by Min Oo Khaing, a director of the Kaladan Delta Development Company.