Drug use is increasing in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village and locals are afraid to report the drug traffickers to the police, say local people. A female Ngwe Pyaw San Pya resident said that local people are afraid of threats from the narcotic drug traffickers.
“I am afraid to report about narcotic drug trafficking. If we go to the police station to report about it, the police do not take effective action against the drug traffickers. The drug traffickers threaten people who report the drug trafficking to police. During this political crisis, local people are afraid to report on drug trafficking to police. In the past, soldiers arrested people who complained about narcotic drug trafficking because the traffickers asked them to arrest these people,” the female Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village resident told KNG.
Local people said that the number of drug addict in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village has increased after the military coup. Young people are now able to drugs for as little as 2,000 Kyat in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village.
Police sometimes arrest illicit drug traffickers but they often release the traffickers again after taking bribe money, according to local sources.
“People often talk about there being illicit drug traffickers, but nobody comes to make an official complaint about it. If parents are aware of their children buying drugs, they should make an official complaint about it with detailed information such as where and how to buy illicit drugs in the village. At the moment, nobody comes to make an official complaint about it, so our administration team has difficulty to find these illicit drug traffickers. If somebody comes give us detailed information about illicit drug trafficking, we can report it to the police, then we can take action against these traffickers,” U Thaung Hser, village administrator of Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village, told KNG.
Parents in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village said that they are worried about their children’s future because it is so easy to buy illicit drugs in the village.
Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village is located at the base of N’kai Bum mountain, about 13 miles from Myitkyina town. The government settled IDPs in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village in 2014. There are about 500 people living in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village now. Traffickers started to sell illicit drugs in Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village since 2018.