Live Phuket The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Cops widen rail-smuggler crackdown

BANGKOK: Police are expanding a campaign against illicit drug smuggling on trains to cover all rail routes across the country after operations targeting selected train journeys proved successful.

crime, drugs, transport,


Bangkok Post

Tuesday 9 August 2016, 09:01AM


The effort is part of the “Police in Train” campaign aimed at cracking down on illicit drug smuggling on trains. Photo: Bangkok Post
The effort is part of the “Police in Train” campaign aimed at cracking down on illicit drug smuggling on trains. Photo: Bangkok Post

Col Torsak Sukwimon, head of the police commando division, said his unit has worked closely with railway police in searching and providing a presence on trains running along the main northern and southern routes.

The effort is part of the “Police in Train” campaign aimed at cracking down on illicit drug smuggling on trains and boosting passenger safety.

Of the northern and southern trains targeted, the route connecting Bangkok and Chiang Mai has received particular attention because it is one of the main transport routes favoured by drug smuggling gangs, he said.

Police targeted suspects wanted on arrest warrants for drug offences, Col Torsak said, adding that 54 wanted suspects were arrested last year and 59 others on warrants have been apprehended so far this year.

Police are now expanding operations to cover rail routes across the country to stamp out drug smuggling activities, particularly those in border provinces, Col Torsak said.

Smugglers usually pose as tourists and take the drugs from the border areas to Bangkok on trains, Col Torsak said.

Coast Beach Club

Many of the drugs are destined for a third country, so Bangkok is just a transit point, he added.

Drugs from the far North destined for Malaysia pass through Bangkok, so the journeys are long which means many smugglers usually travel on a long-haul sleeper trains, police said.

They also switch smuggling routes often, making it difficult for police to hunt them, police said.

The arrest of more than 100 drug suspects over the past two years underscores the success of the “Police in Train” campaign, Col Torsak said.

One successful case was the arrest of Malaysian drug smugglers by the Central Investigation Bureau in March with 226kg of crystal meth (ya ice) and 8kg of heroin, worth over B3 billion, in their possession.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Kurt | 09 August 2016 - 11:46:23

Wow, finally a 'train wake up call'.
Already decennia drugs are transported by thai trains.
All 'past' thai authorities, rail road police, normal police, and involved influential thai know that.

Thanks to NCPO now things look like this get several police department attention. They are forced now to do something.

This article show they knew exactly all in's and out 's about smuggling drugs. 
They explain themselves what is going on for years!

Destined for third country, Bangkok as transit point, of course also for Phuket,which is sinking of drugs by bus supply. <--!
Never hear about that?

The number of drugs suspects arrested is a tip of the ice berg.
Just to justify police jobs, but not enough. Why?

On Phuket, fighting the drugs scene never comes further than just arrest the dumb uneducated jobless young street dealers. 
Once arrested they tell police everything, even betray their friends in crime.
But we never see the 'big influential drugs fishes' arrested and on police photo safari. 
Why is that?

The Phuket News
Matches 1 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Army calls for Phuket taxi, van drivers to get licences

Well said Benpendejo, the standard of driving here is disgraceful yet the RTP and anyone in charge has no idea how to stop it. Seems those in charge ...(Read More)


Phuket tourists rescued after speedboat slams submerged mooring block

Ah yes, the infamous boat crews, you only have to stand on Chalong pier in front of the marine office to see these clowns race upto the shore at way o...(Read More)


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

Could it get any more absurd? year in jail for feeding bread to a fish, wtf! Yet the most serious of crimes are punished with a thousand baht fine, no...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: The Bangla ballet

Very astute article. As an ex-pat, I applaud all methods of reducing corruption. Thailand is a nation of royalty and laws, not corruption. As soon as...(Read More)


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

Are any warning signs in Russian, if not then surely a "warning" would have been more appropriate. Also, just who gave the lady the bread, I...(Read More)


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

It looks like Phuket Authorities have started a kind of 'tourist control'. ( something like birth control, but different) It looks like a ...(Read More)


Driver, 26, faces charges for French family horror holiday crash

Kurt, he was travelling from the opposite direction, flipped the vehicle because he was too fast approaching the roundabout and slid head on into them...(Read More)


Driver, 26, faces charges for French family horror holiday crash

Good job he wasn't feeding fish like the Russian lady, could face a year in Jail or 100,000b fine, now that's a serious offence, not killing a...(Read More)


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

Asterix, right! The infamous double standards in Thailand. But of course Government Agencies are able to arrest the named people. But oh oh, who is...(Read More)


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

Government Agencies are able to arrest a tourist but are unable to arrest resort and restaurant owners for discharging wastewater in the klongs and pu...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.