Central Committee for Drug
Abuse Control reviews anti-narcotic measures
YANGON, 25 March-The Central
Committee for Drug Abuse Control held meeting NO 1/2000 at the meeting
hall of the Ministry of Home Affairs this afternoon, with an address by Chairman
of CCDAC Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing.
Also present on the occasion were member of CCDAC Minister at the Prime
Minister’s Office Brig-Gen Lun Maung, Chairman of the Monitoring Committee
for Working Groups of CCDAC Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen
Thura Myint Maung, deputy ministers who are also chairmen of working
groups, Deputy Chief of Office of Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Defence
Maj-Gen Kyaw Win, officials of the Supreme Court and the Attorney-General’s
Office, Secretary of CCDAC Director-General of Myanmar Police Force Police
Maj-Gen Soe Win, the Joint-Secretary and members, officials of CCDAC
Office and Myanmar Anti-Narcotics Association (Central) and guests.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Col Tin Hlaing said working groups of
CCDAC are to report on implementation of the previous meeting’s decisions.
The meeting was to review accomplishment achieved during the first-five year
project covered by the 15 year narcotic drugs eradication programme.
He added drugs prevention groups were to co-operate with teachers of
respective schools in eradication of stimulant tablets. He stressed the need to
keep students away from the danger of stimulants. Regarding demand reduction,
the short story, article, song, poem, cartoon, painting, poster and
sculpture competitions and the State-level narcotic drugs educative exhibitions
are annually held to march the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit
Trafficking which falls on 26 June.
In conclusion, the Minister urged them to review their performance in the
tasks and take remedial measures. Secretary of CCDAC Police Maj-Gen Soe Win and
officials reported on implementation of the previous meeting’s resolutions
and tasks being carried out. Minister Brig-Gen Lun Maung and those present gave
suggestions. The meeting ended with the remarks by Minister Col Tin Hlaing..
324 drug-related cases
exposed in February
24 March – A total of 324 drug cases had been exposed by the Tatmadaw, the
Myanmar Police Force and the Customs Department in February 2000.
The authorities seized 136.9367 kilos of opium in 40
cases, 15.6184 kilos of heroin in 104 cases, 0.1812 kilo of opium oil in four
cases, 11.5 kilos of brown opium, 1.7248 kilos of low grade opium in six cases,
28.5169 kilos of marijuana in 59 cases, 48.65 litters of Phensedyi in four
cases, 182,826 stimulant tablets in 36 cases, 1067.7453 kilos of Ephedrine in 14
cases, 226 kilos of stimulant powder in one case, 9.23 litters of cough syrup in
two cases, 796.25 litters of chemical liquid in one case, 177.5 litters of
Hydrochloric Acid in one case,47 cases of failure to register and five others.
Action has been taken against 459 persons-393 men and
66 women involved in 324 cases during the period.
First shipment of
buckwheat heads for Japan
8 March – The first shipment of buckwheat cultivated in formerly opium growing
areas in northern Shan State as opium substitute crop headed for Japan today.
Myanma Agricultural Produce Trading of the
Ministry of Commerce exported the crop on board mv Magway which left for
Yokohama at 12.35 pm.
Press Conference held
on successful completion of buckwheat harvesting and export to Japan
Briton found dead in hotel room
YANGON, 5 March – A Briton was found dead in Room No 1814 of the Traders Hotel, Kyauktada
Township, here, on 3 March morning.
He was reported to be Mr Hon Hugh Fitzroy Newdegate, aged 38, holding Passport No 037281181.
According to doctors of Yangon General Hospital and forensic experts of the chemical examiner’s
office, after the post-mortem examination and inspection of the objects seized, he died of drug
overdose. Mr Hon Hugh Fitzroy Newdegate arrived Bangkok, Thailand, on 26 February. He proceeded
to Yangon on 1 March and stayed at the Traders Hotel.
On 3 March morning, a phone operator of the hotel rang Mr Hon Hugh Fitzroy Newdegate to say that
there was an overseas call for him, but there was no answer to the phone call.
At 10.45 am, officials of the hotel unlocked the door and inspected his room, and he was found
dead in bed. They informed Kyauktada Township Police Station and Yangon General Hospital. Police
officers and doctors found a packet of heroin weighing about 0.02 gram in the drawer of the
telephone desk next to the bed.
Officials informed the British Embassy and Third Secretary of the embassy Miss Karen Williams
visited and inspected the scene.
328 drug-related cases exposed in January
YANGON, 2 March – A total of 328 drug cases had been exposed by the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Police
Force and the Customs Department in January 2000.
The authorities seized
27.2866 kilos of opium in 20 cases,
2.4128 kilos of heroin in 126 cases,
1.1436 kilo of opium oil in two cases,
240.8222 kilos of marijunna in 57 cases,
0.4 litre of Phensedyl in one case,
1.3132 kilo of lower level opium in 14 cases,
545.4457 kilos of Ephedrine in eight cases,
4.945 litre of cough depressant in two cases,
0.0003 kilo of stimulant powder in one case,
659,726 stimulant tablets in 47 cases and exposes 49 cases for failure to register
and two others.
Action has been taken against 444 culprits?368 men and 76 women involved in 328 cases during the