BRIEF – Illegal pharmaceuticals seized in Mandalay

Burma’s Ministry of Information said eight million tablets of unapproved pseudo-ephedrine were seized in Mandalay on 17 April. Five people have been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law for possession of the stash, which the ministry said is among the largest bulk drug confiscations ever in Mandalay. The ministry did not specify the value of the illegal goods. Mandalay, in central Burma, is less than 300km from borders with both India and China, which has made it a convenient hub for the trafficking of illegal and contraband drugs.