Acid, heroin refining camps in Kutkai Township raided
Yangon, 27 May –
The Government, designating the drug elimination tasks as a national duty, has
drawn a 15-year plan to eliminate drugs and has been implementing the plan since
1999-2000. Cooperation have been made with neighbouring countries and
information have been exchanged with them for drug preventive measures.
Plans have been drawn and implemented with added momentum in
the country. In doing so, a combined team comprising members of local
intelligence unit, Myanmar Police Force and Tatmadaw columns, acting on
information, cleared the estimated point (O-904413) near Hophyet Village in
Kutkai Township, Shan State (North) on 25 May 2002. A culprit was captured dead
during the raid of an acid refining camp.
The combined force seized 640 gallons of spirit in 16
barrels, 120 gallons of kerosene in three barrels, 312 gallons of ether in 78
4-gallon containers, 38 glass jars and 18 kerosene stoves.
Then, the combined team cleared the estimated point
(O-889422). They encountered an armed group comprising about ten members and
opened fire. The combined team seized a heroin refining camp with two heroin
refining huts, two drugs-stores, two huts for filtering opium and a hut.
Two armed group members were shot dead together with one M-23
Chinese-made machine gun, four small arms and 201 rounds of ammunition, 75 kilos
of heroin (grade-3) in 75 packets, 27 kilos of morphine (grade-2) in 27 packets,
three kilos of a morphine block, 60 gallons of spirit in two barrels, 250
gallons of ether in 50 5-gallon containers, 8 gallons of acetic anhydrite in two
4-gallon containers, 50 gallons of chloroform in one barrel, 300 kilos of
ammonium hydroxide, 12 bags of quicklime, 100 packets of bone-charcoal, 120
soap-boxes, one 2-KV generator, 2 iron sieves and 49 other drug-related
equipment. The police station concerned opened a file for these seized