YANGON, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar military seized a massive haul of drugs and related materials used for refining narcotic drugs in Namsang township of Shan state, said a release from the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Office on Saturday.
The seizure was made by the servicemen during their security operations on two sites assumed to be the narcotic drug refining camps near Narpwe village, and Nawngpein village on Thursday and Friday respectively.
The seized drugs included 4.5 kilograms of heroin powder and solid 18.14 kilograms of WY stimulant powder, 81,000 WY stimulant tablets, 20 gallons of black opium liquid and other related materials used in refining drugs. Tablet Making machines were also confiscated from 10 plastic tents near Narpwe village on Thursday afternoon.
A total of 39 suspects who evaded from the camps were captured for further investigation on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, 27 polyethylene bags filled with WY stimulant tablets, four tablet making machines and materials as well as some ammunition including grenades and others were also confiscated by the security forces near Nawngpein village on Friday.
From Jan. 1 to Aug. 15 this year, the authorities seized drugs worth over 217 billion kyats (144.67 million U.S. dollars) across Myanmar, the release said.