Burmese police personnel detained for concealing seized yaba tablets

By Maung Aye

(Maungdaw, 11 May 2012): Four Burmese police personnel, who hided some amount of yaba stimulate tablets, were detained by the authority in Maungdaw of western Burma adjacent to Bangladesh border.

Yaba-TabletsThe accused police staff, after recovering huge volume of the medicinal tablets from a monk, submitted an incorrect list of seized yaba tablets to the Maungdaw township court.

According to the police source, the detainees include two officers namely U Than Tin, who is in charge of Maungdaw police station and U Hla Khin, a sub inspector in the same police post. Other two detainees are being identified as constable Than Tun and Tun Tun Naing.

The police team caught a monk named Nya Na Kundhara, 39, and two unknown Muslim men from an Alodaw Pyi based monastery on May 5 last, from whom the police seized nearly 120,000 pieces of smuggled WY marker yaba tablets worth Kyat 3600 lakhs. Nya Na Kundhara was staying in the monastery as a guest.

The police team had however concealed half of the seized items and submitted 60,000 pieces of yaba tablets to the local court. But when the culprits were produced in the court next day, the monk disclosed about the total number of yaba tablets.

Listening to his version, the authority had ordered to detain the police personnel. Later all of them were brought to the police headquarter based in Sittwe, the capital of Aakan State, on May 9 for future interrogation.

Maungdaw is located on the western border of Burma that emerges as an important transit route for illegally sending yaba tablets to Bangladesh. The price of yaba stimulate tablets is almost double in Bangladesh. Many government officials based in Maungdaw are suspected to be involved in this lucrative drug trade for some extra income.