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Almost 700kg of drugs burnt to mark National Day against Drugs

Vientiane authorities on Saturday set fire to almost 700kg of illegal drugs seized during police raids around the country, in support of National Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, which falls on October 12.
The event took place in Xoknoi village, Xaythany district, when 2,741kg of heroin, 152kg of amphetamines, 484.40kg of dried cannabis, 16kg of crystal methamphetamine, 3kg of cocaine, 19 grams of opium, 8 grams of tablets, 1,633kg of white powder, 173.3 grams of red powder and other narcotic substances went up in smoke.

The haul of narcotics totalled 659.560kg in weight and 2 bottles of liquid chemical were also disposed of.
The event to mark the 19th National Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking was attended by the Mayor of Vientiane, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, other officials, representatives of international organisations, and foreign ambassadors.
Speaking on the occasion, Head of the Vientiane Public Security Headquarters, Colonel Soukphachanh Bouddakham, said that in recent years police processed 951 drug-related cases in Vientiane and arrested 1,291 people including 147 women. This figure included 24 foreigners, of whom one was woman. Investigations into 632 cases were completed while another 319 cases are still being dealt with. 
Police seized 2,662,498 amphetamine tablets, 1,992kg of heroin, 846kg of crystal methamphetamine, and 51.6 grams of cannabis.
Police also confiscated 38 motorbikes, eight vehicles, 40 phones, two guns, and other items from drug dealers.
Last year, illicit drugs destroyed on the day included 385.94kg of amphetamine, 8kg of dried cannabis, 37kg of crystal methamphetamine, 67kg of chemicals used to make methamphetamine, and other narcotic substances weighing 741kg.
Colonel Soukphachanh said drug abuse posed a huge danger to people the world over. Drug abuse and trafficking were on the increase in many countries, including in parts of Laos, especially Vientiane. The spread of drug abuse and trafficking affects everyone in society and threatens national security and public safety.
In light of this, the government and Vientiane authorities regard the battle against drugs as a major duty, and actively and closely supervise activities to combat illicit drugs, he said.
Vientiane’s success in efforts to stamp out drug abuse over the past year have been the result of effective directions and close supervision from the government, combined with strong commitment and determination, a strong sense of responsibility, unity among all stakeholders, and cooperation from people from all walks of life.
ln addition, neighbouring countries and international organisations have provided financial support, advice and equipment to Vientiane’s Public Security Headquarters.
But the police believe that drug abuse and trafficking in Vientiane will increase and that dealers and traffickers will continue their illicit activities by using different methods to transport drugs.
Unfortunately, the scourge of drug abuse threatens to continue to be an obstacle to the country’s social and economic development.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
October 12,

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