Seized narcotics worth over $667 mln burnt in major cities on int’l day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking

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Narcotic drugs worth over 667 million US dollars were burned in Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi yesterday, marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Some 62 kinds of narcotic drugs and precursor chemicals and 60 kinds of related materials which were confiscated this year were destroyed at the ceremonies which were held following the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The drug burning ceremony in Yangon was attended by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Soe Htut, in his capacity as Chairman of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), Chairman of the Yangon Region Administration Council U Hla Soe and members, officials from the Myanmar Police Force and representatives from the international organizations. A total of 22 narcotic drugs and 3 precursor chemicals worth K 320.16 billion (over US$ 200.10 million) confiscated from Yangon Region, Ayeyawady Region, Rakhine State and the lower part of the country were destroyed at the ceremony.
The ceremonies held in Mandalay and Taunggyi were attended by the Chairmen of the State/Region Administration Council, military officials, Myanmar Police Force officials and representatives from international organizations.
With the guidance of the Chairman of the State Administration Council, drug control activities are carried out by the Tatmadaw, Myanmar Police Force and the Anti-Narcotics Police have stepped up efforts to seize and destroy large quantities of narcotics and chemicals. — MNA

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