Myanmar seized smuggled precious stones worth millions

Myanmar seized smuggled precious stones worth millions
Mobile inspection team checking merchandise at Techilek border gate.

Mobile inspection teams have confiscated more than Ks 3.59 billion (S$4.7 million) in precious stones from various trade routes since late December 2012 until January of this year, according to the Central Committee for Control of Illegal Trade.

Merchandise containing jade, marble, and mineral powders was seized, and overall, 113 cases were searched.

However, precious stones are not the only contraband the mobile inspection teams are uncovering. Last year, they confiscated $12.1 million worth of smuggled goods, including logs, and opened 2,138 files against suspected smugglers.

President Thein Sein formed the Central Committee for Control of Illegal Trade on December 12, 2012 in an effort to curb increased smuggling.

Border routes, domestic waterways, airlines and airports, and international seaports are under close watch.

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