Myanmar: General asked to quit for son’s drug trade
IN AN instance, which is rare in military ruled Myanmar, a senior general was asked to resign. Lt gen Ye Myint, the head of the Special Operation Bureau (I) had to go because his son was arrested recently for being involved in drug trade.
The Myanmar junta supremo senior general Than Shwe had wanted the general to resign with immediate effect, the Myanmar media in exile reported.
Aung Zaw Ye Myint, the general’s son was picked up by the police on June 7, by a joint force of the military intelligence and the special branch of the police from his office Kyi Myin Dine Township. He owns the Yetagun Construction Company and was involved in executing government construction projects.
Besides drugs, a handgun, handcuffs and several million in Burmese currency notes were seized from his office. Several film celebrities, including actresses and a young tycoon, among one of the richest in Myanmar, were also nabbed on suspicion of being part of the drug ring. The film world people are out on bail. The general’s son was suspected to be supplying all kinds of drugs to the glamour crowd in Myanmar’s film world. Ecstasy, Yaba, Heroin and Methamphetamine among other drugs is said to be in high demand in the Myanmar film fraternity, media reports added.
Myanmar is the biggest source of Methamphetamine pills in Asia and the drug is trafficked not only to neighbouring countries like Thailand, Bangladesh and India but as far as the United States, according to reports of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Ironically, though trade in drugs is officially banned in Myanmar, the junta is known to turn a blind eye to many of its military officers and cronies making a fast buck from drug trafficking.
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