Published on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 20:12
Yangon Region could become a major market for narcotic drug trading because of 'greedy' dealers, according to an official from the Yangon's Anti-Narcotics Force.
"Ten percent of the country's population lives in Yangon Region. There is an international airport and ports which are mainly used in trading with foreign countries. It's a special region compared to other regions where narcotic drugs can come in and out [of the country]," said Deputy Police Major, Khin Maung Thein of Yangon (West) Anti-Narcotics Force.
Yangon Regional Government's Minister in charge of security and border affairs recently said that many narcotics and amphetamine users have been arrested in Yangon Region this year.
"As for our anti-narcotic task force, we are not able to successfully combat drugs with only 500 police manpower in Yangon Region yet. So, information is the 'life' in capturing the drugs," added Khin Maung Thein.
The government has adopted in 1999 a 15-year strategy for total elimination of narcotic drugs. It has been unsuccessful so the government has extended it for another five years.
Last year, over 5,700 people were arrested in relation to over 4,000 drug cases.
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