(Narinjara News, 13 August 2014)
The Burma border police have seized a huge volume of Yaba tablets from a machine boat in the western part of the country. The police also found many other illegal items in the fishing boat which had a Bangladesh flag in hoisting.
According to the local authorities, a police patrol team found a fishing boat stranded near to the sea beach of Alay Thankyaw village, which is 10 mile south of Maungdaw, a western Burma district town opposing the Teknaf of Bangladesh.
The police seized over 2,80,000 stimulating Yaba tablets with 80 packages of Nandaw brand Burmese alcohols and 1080 cans of beer from the boat. The contraband items are understood of worth 500 million Kyats in the markets of Arakan.
It is the first time that the border police have succeeded in seizing the volume of illegal drugs in the western Burma locality this year.
Earlier the police could seize anther consignment of 1,00,000 contraband Yaba tablets on July 9 from Buthidaung, another western Burma border town. The police after confiscating the drugs from a ship also arrested two Buddhist Arakanese and one Muslim resident from the location.
U Yee Tun Than, the Arakan police chief informed Narinjara News that over 33 cases relating to the drugs smuggling are registered in the first half of 2014. Most of the contraband Yaba tablets were seized from Sittwe and Maungdaw, from where the smugglers used to transit the Yaba tablets to Bangladesh.