4th DG level talks between India’s NCB and CCDAC, Myanmar. Image credit - Northeast Now

In a significant move against drugs trafficking, India and Myanmar on Tuesday reiterated to take coordinated and concerted actions against the menace between the two countries.

The decision was taken in the 4th Director General level talks between India’s Narcotics Control Bureau and Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), Myanmar on drug trafficking and related matters.

The Indian delegation was led by Abhay, director general, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) while the Myanmar delegation was headed by Brig Gen Win Naing, joint secretary, CCDAC, Myanmar, commander of drug enforcement division.

The two- day bilateral meeting is being organized to take coordinated and concerted actions against drug trafficking between the two countries.

During the first day of the meeting, both sides shared mutual concern regarding menace of drugs and resolved to exchange crucial information relating to trafficking of drugs and precursors.

The issues such as trend of illicit poppy cultivation & heroin production in Myanmar including precursor trafficking, cross border trafficking of heroin from Myanmar to India, cross-border trafficking of Ephedrine/Pseudo-ephedrine on Indo-Myanmar border were discussed.

The meeting also discussed trafficking of Methamphetamine from Myanmar to India, information on drug trafficking routes, controlled delivery operations and sharing of best practices and training needs.

“Both the sides exchanged the operational level contacts for sharing of real time information/ intelligence,” a government official privy to the meeting said.

The meeting was held in cordial and constructive atmosphere.

The effectiveness of cooperation on drug matters largely depends on frequency of interaction and was agreed to hold the next DG level talks in Myanmar on a mutually convenient date.

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