Warrant issued after drug trail leads to military intel officer

Warrant issued after drug trail leads to military intel officer

Authorities in the coastal town of Myeik, Tenasserim Division, have issued an arrest warrant for a military intelligence officer with alleged connections to the illicit narcotics trade.

Ye Myo Naing, deputy superintendent of the Myeik Township police station, said Lance Corporal Zaw Zaw Aung of the Directorate of Military Affairs Security (MAS) was under investigation for alleged drug dealing.

“As the latest development in our drug sting, we arrested a man named Aung Aung and he identified his dealer as Lance Corporal Zaw Zaw Aung of the MAS. We contacted the regional MAS commander and were able to search Zaw Zaw Aung’s house and places he frequented,” Ye Myo Naing told DVB.

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“He went into hiding amid the ongoing investigation. We pressed three charges against him under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Law and now have an arrest warrant issued for him. If he cannot be found, he will be declared a fugitive and charged with fleeing arrest.”

Myeik police on Sunday arrested two local men — Ye Man Hla Oo, 20, and Than Htike, 36 — in possession of 84 methamphetamine pills, known locally as “yaba,” and drug paraphernalia. The two confessed to buying the drugs, with intent to sell at a profit, from another local dealer named Swe Myae, 21. Swe Myae then shared with police his connections in the trade, including a man named Aung Aung.

Aung Aung was detained in a park near Myeik’s airport later on Sunday, with 1,984 yaba pills on his person. During questioning by police, he identified the MAS officer as his supplier.

Myeik police said the investigation is ongoing.

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