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NEWS - Burma Seizes Big Hauls of He
- Subject: NEWS - Burma Seizes Big Hauls of He
- From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 09:42:00
<<This is the same news from the Xinhua news agency the other day.
Reuters is late>>
Burma Seizes Big Hauls of Heroin, Amphetamines
RANGOON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Burmese
narcotics officials seized 88.5 kgs (194.7
lbs) of heroin and more than one million
tablets of amphetamines in two separate
raids in eastern Shan State this month,
state-run newspapers said on Friday.
They said 81 kgs of heroin and 10,000
amphetamine tablets were found in a car
intercepted on the Taunggyi-Mongton
road on December 9. Five people were
detained in connection with that seizure.
The papers said another 7.5 kgs of heroin
and 1.14 million amphetamine tablets had
been confiscated at the Thai-Burmese
border town of Tachilek in Shan State on
December 14. Officials arrested 12 people
during raids in the town.
The heroin seized has a street value in
Bangkok of around $1 million, Thai
narcotics officials said. In the United
States, its street price would be around
100 times that amount.
Official Burmese statistics said the
government had seized 394.9 kgs of
heroin, 788.9 kgs of opium and 36,604
tablets of amphetamines in raids in
different parts of the country in November.