Troops from members of Mon National Liberation Army, armed wing of NMSP, cut down plants of Krathon and destroy it at the area of Kyar Inn Seik Gyi Township, Karen State due to crackdown on illegal drug campaign


Seven Arrested in Lamine sub-Township Drug Bust

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Seven people have been accused of delivering a large parcel of amphetamines and are now being detained at a base of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in Tavoy District. These arrests come after the party launched an illegal drug crackdown campaign in the region at the end of last month.

Troops from members of Mon National Liberation Army, armed wing of NMSP, cut down plants of Krathon and destroy it at the area of Kyar Inn Seik Gyi Township, Karen State due to crackdown on illegal drug campaign. (Photo:NMSP)

A source close to the NMSP said that the seven people were arrested in the town of Lamine following a news tip from the local community, who was cooperating with the NMSP and their crackdown on the illegal drugs that threaten the security and livelihood of many youth amphetamine-users in Mon State.

“The Tavoy district authority is waiting for orders from the central committee of the party. The district authority is saying these people could be sentenced to death if they find evidence that confirms these seven people are at the head of illegal drug distribution to other parts of Mon State.

However, one person has already been released because he is a Mon singer and had contributed a lot help to certain people in the past, so someone has posted bail for his release,” said the source.

The crackdown of illegal drugs has occurred in places such as Ye, Lamine and Thanbyuzayat Townships and is planned for Mudon, Thatoon and Moulmein Townships once community leaders cooperate with NMSP organizers, according to Mon sources.

NMSP organizers held drug awareness training in Mudon Township last week, hoping to educate people about illegal drugs, their detrimental use and how to capture and arrest those people who trade drugs, said another source.

In the past the NMSP has not taken action against illegal drugs in Mon State, but with growing worries in local communities and requests from community leaders concerned about the future of their young people, the NMSP agreed to implement a crackdown.

The Burmese authorities in Mon State have similarly taken more serious action against illegal drugs.
Amphetamines and Krathom are the drugs of choice for Mon youth, especially those who have returned from neighboring Thailand. The sale of drugs has become a good income for individuals with the supply and option of entering the drug trade.

Several people from Thanbyuzayat Township were recently arrested by Burmese authorities under accusations of selling the Krathom leaf.

Krathon, a leaf from a small tree, is used in different formulas developed with a variety of ingredients, such as Coca-Cola and cough syrup, all with a base ingredient of tranquilizers like Alprazolam and Iazepam.


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