A new national drug control policy is being drafted and will be implemented by the end of this year, according to Burma’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
Burma remains one of the world’s largest producers of illicit drugs, including opium, heroin and methamphetamines.
The number of drug-related arrests during the Thingyan water festival was higher than last year, Burma’s national police announced today.
The police deputy-commander said that drugs are frequently seized at Takaw Bridge, but this was the biggest seizure at that checkpoint so far this year.
Kawthaung’s Anti-Narcotics Task Force say they found 299 bags of kratom leaves, with a street value placed at 4.119m kyat.
A policeman was injured in the melee when more than 20 men broke free a suspect caught by police with a stash of drugs in a forest.