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Drug blitz at full moon party

SURAT THANI: Anti-drug authorities led by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) have arrived in Surat Thani to begin a crackdown on drugs at the province’s beach holiday destinations.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 24 September 2018, 08:26AM


Sniffer dogs and commandos from the 4th Army Region bolstered anti-narcotics agents of the Prime Minister’s Office of Narcotics Control Board yesterday (Sept 23) in searches they promised would swarm Rin Beach of Koh Pha-Ngan for today’s (Sept 24) full moon party. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Sniffer dogs and commandos from the 4th Army Region bolstered anti-narcotics agents of the Prime Minister’s Office of Narcotics Control Board yesterday (Sept 23) in searches they promised would swarm Rin Beach of Koh Pha-Ngan for today’s (Sept 24) full moon party. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

The resort island of Koh Pha-Ngan is on the top of their list, and police officers, soldiers and plain-clothed officials are expected to swarm Rin Beach as it hosts a full moon party tonight (Sept 24).

Sirinya Sitdhichai, ONCB’s secretary-general, said that around 200 officers will be combing the beach, which hosts between 15,000-30,000 partygoers – the majority of which are foreigners – when the party takes place.

According to him, some local communities in Surat Thani are riddled with methamphetamine (ya bah), and the use of marijuana and crystal meth (ya ice) is common around tourist hotspots.

The crackdown, which will also cover beaches on other resort islands such as Koh Tao, is part of the province’s ongoing efforts to promote drug-free tourism among tourists and business operators, said Mr Sirinya.

Col Sutthi Nitiakkharapong, chief of Don Sak Police Station, said security checkpoints have been set up at ferry piers, with officers told to be on the lookout for illicit drug and firearms brought in by party revellers.

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Kurt | 25 September 2018 - 13:54:18

A small island, allowing up to 30,000 night party goers? On a drugs island? Are they nuts? Where police eat out of the hands of the locals? Is the Government not learning  from previous crime happenings that this island is not contributing this way to Thailand image?  Oh, sorry, Image talk only after something bad happens, until than: money-money-money for all thai on the island.

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