THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


11 drug plants ‘churn out 20m pills a day’

11 drug plants ‘churn out 20m pills a day’

BANGKOK: The Narcotics Suppression Bureau admitted yesterday (Apr 8) that at least 11 drug manufacturing facilities were located “near Thailand’s northern border” with a combined daily production capacity of more than 20 million pills.

crimedrugsMyanmartransporttourismpolice
By Bangkok Post

Monday 9 April 2018, 09:02AM


Anti-drug agents made an impressive haul of more than 1,500kg of amphetamine-type stimulants and heroin in late March and early April but it’s only a minor dent in the relentless supply lines of drugs coming from Myanmar. Photo: Apichit Jinakul

Anti-drug agents made an impressive haul of more than 1,500kg of amphetamine-type stimulants and heroin in late March and early April but it’s only a minor dent in the relentless supply lines of drugs coming from Myanmar. Photo: Apichit Jinakul

The authority is wary of a possible influx of illicit drugs into the country during the Songkran festival this week.

Lt Gen Sommai Kongwisaisuk, the bureau commissioner, said the agency was keeping a close watch on the situation. He did not name the country where the drugs are made and smuggled, which is Myanmar.

Details of the drug plants first emerged on the CSI LA Facebook page.

The drug plants were going full throttle ahead of Songkran amid plans to flood the country with illicit drugs, it said.

CSI LA, which kept tabs on the luxury watch collection of deputy prime minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, went on to say the government was withholding the information on the drug situation.

The Facebook page also claimed that during the past three months, over two billion speed pills (ya bah) and more than 10 tons of crystal meth (ya ice) was smuggled in, but only one-third of that amount was seized.

Lt Gen Sommai said authorities were working with the neighbouring country to combat illicit drugs and they focused on financial measures.

The Tourist Police Bureau said it was stepping up a campaign to stem trafficking in narcotics during Songkran when 900,000 foreign visitors are expected.

Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal, deputy commissioner, said the bureau was coordinating closely with other agencies in monitoring tourist groups suspected of being hired to smuggle in drugs.

Thanyapura Health 360

Meanwhile, three men were arrested and a total of 28 kilograms of heroin with a street value of B100 million seized on Saturday (Apr 7) from a shipment of para rubber pillows destined for Hong Kong at Bangkok’s Khlong Toey port.

Kulit Sombatsiri, the department’s director-general, said yesterday that 80 bars of heroin were found in 40 para rubber-made pillows declared by Y&S Solutions Trading Co and bound for Hong Kong.

He said authorities became suspicious when images from an X-ray scanner at the port showed rectangular objects inside the para rubber pillows.

When they cut the pillows open, they found the drug – two bars hidden in each of the pillow and each bar weighing about 350 grams.

Three men, one Thai and two from Hong Kong, were detained and handed over to the police Narcotics Suppression Division for questioning. The company would also face a charge of attempt to smuggle heroin out of the country.

Mr Kulit said the company, which was registered in January this year, would be blacklisted by the Customs Department after the drug haul. Since January this year, the department seized large amounts of illicit drugs worth about B144mn.

Meanwhile, a Thai woman and seven French nationals were rounded up in an anti-drug operation in Sydney last week.

The arrest followed a five-month probe by authorities to investigate the supply of MDMA, cocaine, LSD, ketamine and cannabis. Seized were 1kg of various illegal drugs and $Aus235,000 (B5.65mn) in cash.

Read original story here.

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.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket tour bus operators’ crisis deepens amid virus fallout

" I not drink alcohol" Oh,that's weird given the fact you commented the following on a...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: They kill children

Absolutely spot on article, now if only those "in charge" would take note, not much chance...(Read More)


Phuket tour bus operators’ crisis deepens amid virus fallout

better still, dont have a comment section. ...(Read More)


Mains water supply outage to affect Kathu

How can it possibly be unrealistic? Why bother with just Phuket. It's not the centre of the univ...(Read More)


Mains water supply outage to affect Kathu

@Rorri " Stick to what this is about" I thought it is an article about works are carried ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: They kill children

How many more? I agree that the only way things may change is when victims and their families sue ca...(Read More)


Phuket jungle camp cleared of baby elephant abuse allegations

Poor baby belongs with her mother so cruel to see I would never visit any place where you ride eleph...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: They kill children

This was a very good article and Yes,they kill children every day. Every body can see outside every ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: They kill children

"For some reason officials in Phuket have failed to understand that with such consistent failur...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: They kill children

Suing the Thai government??? Yeah right. Good luck with that! In the meantime, I'm watching pigs...(Read More)