V/Gov Snith delivered his message at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday morning (Mar 16) attended by local anti-drug enforcement officials, officials from Phuket Land Transport Office and local representatives from private delivery companies.
The specific delivery companies represented were not named.
“Official reports show that drugs are being delivered to Phuket by post and private parcel delivery companies, and even and public transportation,” V/Gov Snith said.
“This issue must be solved to reduce the volume of drugs being brought into the province,” he added.
“The Office of the Narcotics Control Board in Phuket needs to figure out this issue by holding a meeting to draw up a plan of action and then pushing to enforce the law on parcel delivery operations and on public transport,” he said.
V/Gov Snith’s call for heightened action on home-delivery drugs follows a recent spate of drug mules being caught arriving in Phuket by bus with caches of drugs bound for delivery across the island.
Just last month, three drug mules were caught in just five days. (See story here.)
“The transporting of drugs into Phuket has become more common through bus travel or by mail delivery, or even by boat,” Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Sakchai Kunanawatchaidej pointed out in November.
“Especially methamphetamine, which will be transported in clusters of not more than 10,000 tablets, which officials are always monitoring,” he said.
“Relevant agencies also seek the cooperation of local people and leaders to help monitor the sale and use of illegal drugs in order to reduce the spread of drugs in Phuket,” Mr Sakchai added. (See story here.)