Esteemed Secretary-I and Members of the State Law and Order Restoration
Council, Chairman, Vice-Chairmen and Members of the Central Committee for
Drug Abuse Control, Heads of Departments, Resident Representatives of United
Nations Agencies, Members of the Crops of Diplomats, media personnel and
I am Police Colonel Ngwe See Tun, Director ol'the Narcotics Division, People's Police Force, and I am presenting this report in my capacity as Joint Secretary of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control.
Let me first convey our thanks, on behalf of the CCDAC, to all of you, for giving some of your valuable time to attend today's significant occasion, at which narcotic drugs seized within the Union of Myanmar will be publicly destroyed for the ninth time. This occasion is even more auspicious as it is conducted as a gesture hailing the Golden Jubilee of the Armed Forces Day.
Today's report will be presented in three parts, the first of which will be by me. The second part, that is the Law Enforcement Portion, will be presented by Police Colonel Maung Niaung Than, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department and member of the Law Enforcement Sector. The third will be a special video documentary on the achievements of the State law and Order Restoration Council regarding drug abuse control in our country.
The State Law and Order Restoration Council, since its taking up of state duties, has undertaken drug eradication measures according to the two-point National Strategy for Narcotic Drugs Control. The first strategic aim is to designate drug eradication and prevention activities as a national duty and to perform this duty with added momentum. The second is to gradually eliminate poppy cultivation by promoting the standard of living of the national races. The institution responsible for the achievement of these two strategic aims Is the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC). The CCDAC came into existence in 1975 in accordance with the Drug Law Promulgated in 1974. At that time there were nine sectors under the committee. In 1989. the State Law and Order Restoration Council reorganized the committee to meet the demands of time. Again. when the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotr(lpic Substances Law 1993 was enacted, the International Relations Sector was added to the nine existing sectors.
Moreover. Supervisory groups were formed in states/divisions, district, and township levels, down to the ward/village tract level. The Central Committee was also expanded to 24 members, including two vice-chairmen. To achieve the first aim of' the National Strategy, the CCDAC is operating in harmony with the ten working sectors as well as with the local bodies in demand reduction, supply reduction and international and regional cooperation.
The Law Enforcement Sector is being assigned to the Tatmadaw, the People's Police Force (PPF) and the Customs Department. The PPF, in addition to its primary duties of ensuring the rule of law and prevalence of peace, is also performing duties in the field of drug control. The list of narcotic drugs and Psychotropic substances seized within the period 18 Sept 1988 and 15 Feb 1995 is as Follows;
Heroin 1,525,947 kilo
Morphine 126,195 kilo
Opium Oil 49.8636 kilo
Liquid opium 86.5292 kilo
Marijuana 5,445.1748 kilo
Phensedyl 27,523,789 litres
Acetic anhydride 3,534.74 gallons and
Other precursor chemicals 1,721.8 litres.
In 23888 drug offences, 42638 male and 8032 female offenders were convicted, making a total 50670.