Large haul of controlled chemicals seized in Myanmar's eastern state

September 28, 2020

Myanmar authorities seized a large haul of controlled chemicals in Shan state, according to a release from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off, the seizure was made by the joint anti-narcotic police in Muse township on Saturday.

A total of 2,000 stimulants worth 2 million kyats (1,526 U.S. dollars), 750 kilograms of tartaric acid powder worth 3.75 million kyats (2,862 U.S. dollars), 11,500 kilograms of theophylline powder worth over 465 million kyats (355,534 U.S. dollars), 2,400 liters of dimethyl carbonate worth 28.8 million kyats (21,984 U.S. dollars) and other drugs-related materials were confiscated from a warehouse and a truck along with one suspect.

The township police filed a case against the suspect and further investigation is underway under the country's Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law, the release said.

On the same day, a total of 4,800 liters of dimethyl sulfate worth 72 million kyats (54,961 U.S. dollars) and 1,875 kilograms of theophylline powder worth over 75 million kyats (57,967 U.S. dollars) were also seized in Namhkan township of the same state.

According to a latest release issued by the President's Office on Monday, a total of 1,342 drug-related cases were registered across Myanmar while 2,051 people were charged in connection with the cases as of Sept. 19 this year, since the formation of the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department in 2018.