Drugs


An anti-poppy group in northern Burma has called off their immediate plans to destroy poppy in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township citing a lack of protection from authorities after a recent clash with armed assailants last week.
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A Kachin politician yesterday blamed China for undermining Myanmar’s efforts to root out rampant opium poppy cultivation. In defending an urgent proposal put to parliament, MP U La Gan Zal Jone said that more than 10,000 acres of opium fields that residents want destroyed in Kachin State are owned and run by “the rich neighbouring country”.
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A grassroots anti-drug organization whose members are on a march through northern Myanmar to destroy opium poppies in farmers’ fields say 14 of their members were wounded when they were attacked with automatic weapons and hand grenades.
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The leaders of thousands of anti-drug vigilantes vowed to destroy opium poppy fields in northern Myanmar after they said they reached a deal Tuesday to end a standoff with authorities blocking their path.
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Police seized more than 6 million amphetamine pills from a vehicle loaded with sandstone on Tuesday in Tachilek, Shan State.
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Anti-smoking campaigners have expressed dismay at the government’s failure to enforce a 2006 law banning the promotion of tobacco products.
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A week-long blockade preventing anti-poppy campaigners in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township from carrying out their activities was lifted late on Tuesday, according to local authorities.
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Thousands of anti-drug vigilantes are locked in a showdown with police and soldiers in northern Myanmar after they were stopped from destroying poppy fields, witnesses said Sunday.
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Anti-drug activists said Friday the military and local police are preventing them from destroying fields of opium poppies in northern Myanmar, a major cultivation area for the drug that can be made into heroin.
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A Kachin drug vigilante group has claimed the Burmese army blocked their latest attempt to destroy poppy fields in Burma’s far north.
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A group of vigilante anti-drug campaigners on a mission to destroy poppy fields in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township on Wednesday were blocked by authorities, according to members of the group.
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An army of anti-narcotics activists encamped in the Kachin Manaw compound in Waingmaw township, Kachin State, will today re-launch their campaign against local poppy growers, despite the threat of violence and lack of government support. As many as 3000 campaigners are expected to march on fields in the Sadon-Kambaiti over the next two days.
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Police have seized over 260,000 methamphetamine pills worth over 1.3 billion kyats (over US$1 million) in Rangoon’s Mingaladon Township, officers confirmed this week.
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Police are on the lookout for peddlers of knock-off sexual performance enhancing drugs. In order to create a safer Valentine’s Day, Yangon officers say they are cracking down on illicit, unregistered and fake sex drugs.
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Police are still trying to trace the owners of amphetamine tablets seized in Yangon Region, according to Colonel Tin Aung Tun, regional minister for security and border affairs.
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Police seized about Ks 2 billion worth of amphetamine tablets from a house in Tamwe Township on February 8.
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Vigilante drug eradication programs in northern Kachin State have been able to sustain momentum, despite threats to several volunteers’ lives last month.
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The Kachin State based anti-narcotics vigilante group Pat Ja San began destroying poppy fields in eastern Myitkyina district on Tuesday, with the protection of a security detail.
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Tensions are high in Kachin State after members of anti-drug vigilante group Pat Ja San faced off with local opium farmers on Monday.
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The Kachin State government has promised to provide security for a group of anti-drug campaigners in Waingmaw Township after a teenage member was shot dead last week while clearing poppy fields in the state.
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