Sweep in Panghsang
A 5-day manhunt in Panghsang, the capital of the Wa region, Shan State, 21-25 November, had netted 138 petty pushers and users, according to reports coming to the border.
The news was first broke by Thai border watchers, which was later confirmed by a police officer in Panghsang on the Sino-Burma border.
More than 30 of them were Chinese citizens and were handed over to the Chinese authorities, said the source, who declined to elaborate on the reason behind the move.
The same officer had told SHAN in April that of the 400 offenders caught and jailed last year, 300 of them were either using or retailing drugs. “There are no big fish among them, because they have already moved out,” he explained.
“Only those connected to Wei (Xuegang) and Bao (Youxiang, the Wa supreme leader) are allowed to get involved (in the Wa monopoly),” complained an out-of-businessman to SHAN. “Others like us are threatened with orders to have our heads chopped off.”
The US Treasury Department issued a statement freezing assets of 26 individuals and 17 firms linked to the United Wa State Army and Wei Xuegang, also written Wei Hsueh Kang, on 13 November.