Several hundred pounds of seized narcotics said to have a street value of more than $130 million were burned in Myanmar on Thursday to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. (June 26)
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Yangon, Myanmar - June 26, 2014
1. Various of pile of confiscated drugs being burned in annual ceremony
2. Mid of sign reading (English and Burmese): "Destruction Ceremony of Seized Narcotic Drugs"
3. Wide of audience at drug burning ceremony
4. Tight of sacks of confiscated drugs piled up for burning, one marked (English and Burmese): "Heroin", another marked (English): "Diazepam"
5. Tight of sacks marked (English and Burmese): "Mitragyna Speciosa (also known as Kratom)"
6. Wide of pile of drugs ready for burning
7. Mid of police officer conducting a purity test of the heroin about to be burnt
8. Tight of banner reading (English): "A Message of Hope: Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable"
9. Wide of pile of drugs burning as banner attached to balloon hovers above
Several hundred pounds of seized narcotics were burned in Myanmar on Thursday, said to have a street value of more than $130 million.
Myanmar, the world's second largest producer of opium, held drug burning ceremonies in three major cities across the country to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Among the drugs burned in Yangon were 1.7 million methamphetamine tablets valued at $8.7 million.
All the drugs burned were seized between June 2013 and June 2014.
Myanmar holds drug burning ceremonies annually to show its commitment to drug elimination.
Lieutenant Colonel Win Naing, Deputy Chairman of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, said at the ceremony that the deadline for totally eradicating drugs from the country had been put back five years to 2019 as more work needed to be done.
Myanmar is the second largest producer of opium after Afghanistan, accounting for about 25 percent of global poppy production, according to the UN.