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On Tuesday, border police officials conducted a surprise search on the Kyaukpantu outpost based on a tip-off and found a stash of 292,500 pills, with an estimated street value of 585.9 million kyat (US$490,00), hidden in the ground.
Seven border police personnel posted at the outpost, including its superintendent Sergeant Maung Maung Lay, have been detained in connection with the case. They reportedly confessed under questioning to hiding the stash of drugs after finding it on the side of the road between Maungdaw and the village of Angumaw on 23 July.
The regional Border Affairs Minister Colonel Htein Linn confirmed that the arrests took place.
“The information is correct. They hid the stash with more than 290,000 pills in the premises of the outpost,” said the colonel.
The border police said that charges had been laid against the seven personnel at a local police station and that they are now awaiting trial.