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Bangla nightlife drug tests continue

PHUKET: Eighty-five staffers at nightlife venues on Bangla Rd, Patong, all tested negative for drug use last night (Dec 13), report Phuket officials.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 14 December 2022, 01:35PM

The tests were conducted at three venues, which remained unnamed by officials.

The tests, called “random” by officials, were carried out by personnel from the Kathu branch of the Volunteer Defense Corps (OrSor), under orders from Kathu District Chief Siwat Rawangkul.

The ongoing “random” drug testing of people who work on Bangla Rd, which began last month, are conducted without prior notice as part of the ‘War on Drugs’, said an official report of the drug tests.

The target groups singled out for mandatory drug tests are those in “occupations that are characterised by risk groups”, the report noted.

Such people “strictly must not be involved in drugs, according to government policies”, the report added.

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According to state news agency NNT, the government has ordered the beefing up of safety and security measures for tourists as the number of foreign visitors to Thailand continues to climb.

According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha urged relevant agencies and tour operators to enhance security measures at all locations and ensure public health and safety.

The spokesperson further noted that ensuring the safety of both Thai and foreign tourists during the high season is crucial to maintaining their confidence in traveling in the kingdom.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) celebrated Thailand welcoming its 10 millionth international tourist arrival on Dec 10.

According to Ministry of Tourism and Sports data, the tally ‒ far below a peak of nearly 40 million tourist arrivals in 2019 ‒ improved significantly from 6.7mn registered in 2021.

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JohnC | 15 December 2022 - 08:57:07

I see the volunteer storm troopers (OrSor) are still being used for these PR stunts. War on drugs?? Are we going back to the dark days of the Taksin regime when suspects were dealt with the same as in the Philippines by that other murderer, Dutaro?

JSombra | 14 December 2022 - 16:46:02

Get offered cocaine by touts every single time go Bangla, be it 10am or 10pm, always same guys in same sections of the street. And this has been going on for years. All this is PR theatrics by the cops, they are in no way serious about dealing with drugs there

Kurt | 14 December 2022 - 13:52:19

While performing drugs test on Phuket, specially in Patong, Officials must collect a lot of intelligents/info from arrested people. So, when we go to read how they, with all that knowledge prevent drugs getting in on Phuket? Start pulling the better end of the rope. This Patong show happening is laugh stock show. Who is fooling who?


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