Drugs


Members of a controversial drug vigilante group are being investigated by police, following an attack on the home of a Kachin militia leader.
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Police in Mandalay’s Pyigyidagun Township said drugs and precursor chemicals used in the production of heroin, worth more than 36 billion kyats (US$29.5 million), were seized over the weekend.
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Police in northern Burma’s Kachin State are questioning members of anti-drug vigilante group Pat Jasan concerning a violent brawl between the group and local opium farmers in Waingmaw Township last week.
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Myanmar citizens holding the UNHCR refugee card allegedly constitute the majority of foreigners detained for drugs here, in 2015 and 2014.
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Graphic warnings will have to be included on tobacco products sold in Myanmar from September 1, according to a story in The Myanmar Times.
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A protest march, against recent attacks on members of the opium eradication group Pat Ja San (PJS), was held in Myitkyina, the Kachin State capital, on the morning of 26 February.
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Over twenty Kachin anti-opium campaigners, members of the vigilante group Pat Jasan, were injured after being attacked en route to destroy poppy fields in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township on February 25.
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Arakan Army officers have strongly denied a government accusation that they fund their military activities and weapons purchases through the sale of illegal drugs. The United League for Arakan, the group’s political wing, has lashed out at a story in state-owned media yesterday that stated the movement funded its activities with illegal narcotics sales.
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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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