Former minister’s son caught at airport with firearms and drugs

Former minister’s son caught at airport with firearms and drugs

Phyo Ko Ko Tint San, the son of Burma’s former sports minister Tint San, was arrested alongside two other men at Naypyidaw Airport on Sunday night for illegal possession of firearms and drugs.

Airport police said the three men had been caught with two pistols, 72 bullets, 12 methamphetamine pills, 1.5 grammes of powdered methamphetamine, and three walkie-talkies.

Upon further inspection in Phyo Ko Ko Tint San’s room at the ACE Hotel in the capital, Naypyidaw district police uncovered another cache of weapons – five pistols, 668 bullets, a bulletproof vest, and a sniper scope.

Another two pistols and 16 bullets were found in the hotel room where the other two men were staying, according to a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Former minister Tint San is also chairman of the ACE Group of Companies, which owns the ACE Hotel. Apart from the hotel and hospitality sector, the Ace Group of Companies has interests in construction, machinery and business development.

Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung, the Naypyidaw regional police chief, said this morning that police were conducting further searches in four properties owned by Phyo Ko Ko Tint San.

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Phyo Ko Ko Tint San and his accomplices have been charged under both the drugs law and the firearms law.

It was also announced today that another five suspects have been detained in connection with the case, including Phyo Ko Ko Tint San’s wife, the ACE hotel manager, and three staffers.

 

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