NMSP arrest drug trafficker, seize 100 methamphetamine pills

May 26, 2017

HURFOM: On May 23rd 2017, the New Mon State Party (NMSP) anti-drug task force in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, Karen State, arrested a drug dealer and seized methamphetamine pills, gold, and cash. The perpetrator has been handed over to the NMSP Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township authorities who in turn asked the NMSP Mawlamyine District Court to administer the criminal charges, according to an official from the NMSP in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township.

We received information about the drug dealer from local civilians and our anti-drug team raided the dealer’s house during the investigation. The dealer’s name is Nai Kyaw Aye and he is about 60 [years old]. He has a history of imprisonment with the NMSP, [having previously been incarcerated for] 3 years and released for [the last] 2 two years. We found pills on his body and also in his bed. We also discovered gold jewelry and cash. There were 715,000 Burmese kyat and 820 Thai baht. We caught him yesterday and now he has been sent to the Mawlamyine District Court [of the NMSP],” said Nai Raja, the Chairman of the Kyar Inn Seik Kyi NMSP.

As the anti-drug task force believes the cash and gold jewelry are associated with the drug trade, the have seized all of the associated properties, according to the official.

NMSP anti-drug task forces have frequently caught small-time drug dealers engaged in the local drug trade amongst the villages; however, big-time dealers have continued to elude authorities. The team confiscated 100 methamphetamine pills, 163.29g of gold jewelry and both Burmese and Thai currencies.

According to the NMSP’s drug laws, a drug user will be imprisoned for 2 to 6 months; individuals who farm drug-related plants will be imprisoned for 1 to 3 years; a drug mule will be imprisoned for 2 to 5 years with all associated properties being seized by the law; and a drug dealer will be imprisoned for 3 to 7 years and all associated properties will be seized by the NMSP.

 

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