A haul of seized narcotics and precursor chemicals was torched in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi and Lashio to mark the 33rd International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday. A total of 14 kinds of illegal drugs including over 146 kilo opium, 291 kilo heroin, 193 million stimulant tablets, 501 kilo ice (a form of the potent stimulant drug methamphetamine), and 2,202 kilo caffeine, totally worth about K608.948 billion (US$420 million), seized by the Tatmadaw-led combined teams of Myanmar Police Force, in Lwalkhan area in Kutkai Township of northern Shan State in early 2020 were burnt in Lashio Township. The drug burning ceremony was attended by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen SoeHtut, in his capacity as the Chairman of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), Commander of Northeastern Command Major General Aung Zaw Aye, and Shan State Minister for Development Affairs U Sai Soun Hseng.
Yangon Region government observed the drug burning ceremony at the truck terminal in Hlinethaya Township (west). Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein attended the ceremony where 26 kinds of narcotic drugs and 2 kinds of related chemicals, including over 46 kilo opium, 23 kilo heroin, 47 million stimulant tablets, 2,982 kilo ice, 3,042 kilo opium agent and 515 kilo Ketamine, totally worth about K208.87 billion ($144 million), which were seized Yangon Region, Ayeyawady Region, Rakhine State and lower Myanmar. Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maungwitnessed the burning ceremony of confiscated illegal drugs held at the Shwe Man Taung sportsground in Aungmyethazan Township. A total of 26 kinds of narcotic drugs and 17 related chemicals, including 539 kilo opium, 262 kilo heroin, 16 million stimulant tablets, 20 kilo ice and 35 kilo Ketamine, totally worth about K59.13 billion ($40 million), which seized in Mandalay Region, Sagaing Region, Kachin State and upper and central regions of Myanmar. About K337.385 billion ($232 million) worth of 19 kinds of illegal drugs and 30 related chemicals, including 2,401 kilo opium, 515 kilo heroin, 51 million stimulant tablets, 7,627 kilo ice and 870 kilo Ketamine, seized in Shan and Kayah states were burnt at the Awayyar hot balloon releasing ground in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State. Shan State Chief Minister Dr Lin Htut and Commander of Eastern Command Major General Lin Aung attended the burning ceremony.
On 23 June, 47 kinds of precursor chemicals, worth about K3.379 billion ($2.3 million) and 50 kinds of items used in drug production, used in Lwalkhan area of Kutkai Township, were destroyed. Authorities burnt 113 kinds of narcotic drugs and chemicals, including 3,134 kilo opium, 1,092 kilo heroin, 308 million stimulants, 11,131 kilo ice, 809 kilo marijuana, 1,428 kilo Ketamine, totally worth about K1,217.712 billion ($839 million), and 50 kinds of related items, were torched in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Lashio and Kutkai townships this year. Last year, Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi cities observed narcotic burning ceremonies to destroy 59 kinds of narcotics and chemicals, including 1,065 kilo opium, 824 kilo heroin, 108 million stimulant tablets, 4,276 kilo ice, 193 kilo marijuana and 2,483 kilo Ketamine, totally K451.746 billion ($301 million).
The total value of these materials destroyed this year was increased by K765.966 billion ($538 billion), compared to that of previous year.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has reported that the amount of destroyed narcotics in 2020 was triple that of previous year.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)