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Myanmarese woman held for carrying heroin in Aizawl

Illicit drug trafficking is one the most significant transnational organized crimes, which has become a serious issue confronting both developing and developed countries.

A Myanmarese woman was arrested on 5th July for allegedly carrying 84 grams of heroin in Zemabawk area, near Aizawl, Mizoram. The woman has been identified as Thanthuami , a resident of Tahan in Myanmar. She was 44years old. It is not clear that whether she brought the contraband from Myanmar or she was used as a carrier. The police said the seized contraband worth about Rs eight lakh in an approximate assessment. This was second incident after Sunday’s seizure of 126 grams of heroin in Aizawl.

The phrase ‘Golden Triangle’ refers to the region between the borders of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, widely known for opium production and therefore producing the vast majority of the illicit drug trade in the North East. Heroin produced in the ‘Golden Triangle’, especially Myanmar is trafficked into India through the India-Myanmar border into the states of Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland from Bhamo, Lashio and Mandalay. The most important route is the one which starts from Mandalay, continues to Monya and Kalewa and then bifurcates to enter India at two points. The first moves northwards, enters Moreh in Manipur through Tamu and travels thence to Imphal and Kohima via National Highway-39. The second branch moves southwards and enters Champai in Mizoram through Rihkhwadar.

As trafficking increased, heroin, which was introduced in the mid-seventies in the Northeast, became easily available in the region after 1984 and by 1990 heroin consumption increased tremendously in the regionThe situation is such that not only are drugs from the Golden Triangle being brought into India, but the same routes are being used to smuggle narcotics out of India, thus creating a two-way corridor for illegal trade in drugs.

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