307 drug-related cases
exposed in December
YANGON, 27 Jan – The Tatmadaw,
the Myanmar Police Force and the Customs Department exposed 307 drug-related
cases in December, 1999.
The authorities seized 7.705
kilos of opium in 10 case, 6.5956 kilos of heroin in 124 cases, 14.5505 kilos of
marijuana in 37 cases, 25.68 litres of Phensedyl in two cases, 0.2901 kilo of
low-grade opium in 12 cases, 6287231 stimulant tablets in 44 cases, 38.3243
kilos of ephedrine in 11 cases, 43.1 litres of cough syrup in four cases, 45.46
litres of acetic anhydrite in one case and 791.156 litres of other chemical
liquid and exposed 59 cases for failure to register and two other cases.
Action was taken against 424
persons, 343 men and 81 women involved in 307 cases.
Vast field of poppy
destroyed in Myanmar
YANGON, 25 Jan— A CNN report said on the remote
hillside in Myanmar’s Shan State, a vast field of poppy, the source of opium and much of
the heroin that reaches the West, was swept away by the villagers, who cropped it, and
by Myanmar soldiers.
For more than 100 years we depended on drugs to make our living. But now, the drug
trade is quite harmful to us and the whole world says drug is the enemy. So now, we are
against them, too, said U Pauk Yu Chan, a Wa national leader.
That was Myanmar’s answer to those who described her as a nrco-state. The purpose of that exercise was
to show they are taking the drug problem seriously.
journalists study progress in destroying poppy fields and cultivating substitute
crops in Shan State (East)
of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control Police Maj-Gen Soe Win
answers queries of local and foreign correspondents at Golden Triangle
Hotel in Tachilek.
YANGON, 17 Jan-Central Committee for Drug Abuse
Control conducted local and foreign correspondents around Shan State (East) on 15 and 16
January in enabling them to witness poppy eradication and cultivation of poppy substitute
crops in the region jointly conducted by the government and local people.
On arrival at Tachilek Airport, Secretary of CCDAC Director-General of Myanmar
Police Force Police Maj-Gen Soe Win explained to them about the narcotic drug control
measures, poppy cultivation which was encouraged by the colonialists and insurgents,
evil consequence of poppy cultivation, narcotics eradication, poppy substitution and regional
development and drawing a 15-year narcotic eradication plan.
Head of Office of the Strategic Studies Col Kyaw Thein briefed them about the
Accompanied by Deputy Commander of Triangle Region Command Brig-Gen Myint Swe and the Police
Maj-Gen Soe Win, the journalists viewed destruction of 1,000 acres of poppy fields on Loihusmsone
hill slopes at Loihsansaw by Tatmadawmen, Wa national people, local people and MPF
members totalling 1,750.
view Tatmadawmen, Wa national people, local people and MPF members
taking part in destroying poppy fields.
Shsw region opium replacement project Wan Horng demonstration farm.
At Wonhon poppy substitute crop farm, U Pauk Yu Chan and party of Shan State (North)
Special Region 2 and local people gave replies to queries raised by the correspondents.
The journalists then visited the temporary camps of Wa nationals
who will cultivate substitute crops at the farm.
In Tasan region, Monghsat Township, they viewed
destruction of 600 acres of poppy fields by Tatmadawmen, local people and MPF members
Police Maj-Gen Soe Win hosted a dinner at Kengtung Hotel in honour of the journalists.
Commander of Triangle Region Command Maj-Gen Thein Sein and Deputy Commander Brig-Gen Myint
were also present.
Yesterday, the journalists visited a poultry farm and a vineyard of Honpan Company
of Shan State East Special Region 2.
At the luncheon hosted at Golden Triangle Hotel, officials replied to queries raised
by the journalists concerning
The Department for Development of Border Areas and National Races presented cash
assistance to poppy substitute clop cultivation farmers.
Twenty-seven journalists foreign media groups were included in the tour.
504 acres of poppy
plantations destroyed in Pinlaung
Jan—The State Peace and Development Council is resolved to eradicate narcotic
drugs as national duty, combined teams comprising members of Tatmadaw columns,
local intelligence units and Myanmar Police Force have been destroying illegal
poppy plantations in remote areas of Shan State with the arrangements of local
Pa-O National Organization (NPO) of
Shan State (South) Special Region 6, together with local people, destroyed 504
acres of illegal poppy plantations in Pinlaung Township, Shan State ( South ),
from 17 to 25 December 1999.