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  • Thailand News

    Surin school head arrested for drug trade, 2.4 million pills seized

    The Thai Ministry of Education is currently carrying out a stringent investigation following the shocking arrest of a school director in Surin province for his involvement in a drug trafficking operation. The director was caught with a staggering 2.4 million methamphetamine tablets and has been promptly dismissed from his position to face the full force of the law. On March…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand sets new meth possession limit to curb drug trade

    Thailand Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew expressed confidence in a recently enacted limit on methamphetamine possession, aimed at crippling the operations of small-scale drug dealers. “I insist the law will be effective right after it’s issued.” The freshly minted regulation declares that an individual may possess no more than five methamphetamine pills without attracting criminal charges. Instead of prosecution, such individuals…

  • Northern Thailand News

    Nigerian and Vietnamese couple found dead linked to drug trade

    The two foreign nationals found buried in a forest in northeast Thailand last month might have been linked to the drug trade, according to the national police. The couple, a 38 year old Nigerian man and a 33 year old Vietnamese woman was found buried in a forest in Nakhon Ratchasima province on July 28. Today, Thailand’s national police chief…

  • Crime News

    Police seize assets believed to be acquired through drug trade, assets valued at nearly 59 million baht

    Police have seized a variety of assets valued at nearly 59 million baht. The police believe the assets were obtained via the drug trade. Police say they used information from previously arrested suspects and with the aid of court warrants to raid 4 spots in central Thailand’s Nakhon Pathom province. The assets include cars, bank accounts, and land title deeds…

  • Crime News

    Justice Minister says Thailand is a major transit point in the illicit drug trade

    Thailand is a major transit point in the transnational illicit drug trade, particularly crystal methamphetamine and heroin, with many routes destined for various countries, according to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin. Due to the strict penalties for illegal drug production, Thailand is rarely used as a base to produce methamphetamine and heroin, the minister says. Most of the drugs are produced…

  • Covid-19 News

    Golden Triangle drug trade thrives during pandemic

    The Golden Triangle is notorious for one thing. Drugs. And while the coronavirus pandemic is crippling businesses across Thailand, the drug industry around the Myanmar-Laos-Thailand border seems to be flourishing. Actually, really well. Production of synthetic drugs coming in from the Golden Triangle is hitting record highs, the Chiang Rai Times reports. Opium and heroin production in the Golden Triangle has…

  • Phuket News

    New Phuket marina will not affect drug trade: poll

    PHUKET: Phuket Gazette online readers are skeptical that the opening of the new Chalong Marina will have much of an impact on drug trafficking on the island, results of the latest readers’ poll reveal. The poll question asked readers: “Officials hope the opening of the new Chalong Marina, with improved Customs and Immigration controls, will lead to a decrease in…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket Poll: Will the new Chalong Marina curtail the drug trade?

    PHUKET: Officials hope the opening of the new Chalong Marina, with improved Customs and Immigration controls, will lead to a decrease in drug trafficking on the island. How much of an effect on the island’s drug trade do you expect the new facility to have? Have your say in the new Phuket Gazette readers’ poll by clicking here or on…

  • Thailand News

    Rayong woman arrested for alleged minor sex trade and drug distribution

    Unfolding in the heart of Rayong, a woman suspected of operating a minor sex trade and drug distribution network has surrendered to the police. This dramatic event unfolded yesterday, December 4, rooted in allegations from two teenage victims who had reached out to a local Facebook page, Zoom Rayong, claiming they had been held captive and exploited in a house…

  • Thailand News

    Teen’s high-speed trade: Wheels and pills confiscated as young drug dealer arrested

    Police arrested a 16 year old drug dealer in the central province of Ratchaburi on Tuesday, seizing a pickup, four motorcycles, and a cache of drugs, including heroin, ecstasy, ketamine, amphetamine, and crystal meth. Baan Pong Police Station organised a press conference to report the successful arrest of the teenage drug dealer, Jor, at his house in the Nong Pla…

  • Thailand News

    Pattaya police drug raid in Jomtien detains 24 suspects

    Pattaya police conducted a significant crackdown on the local drug trade, targeting Jomtien Soi 1 to 3. Pattaya City Police, led by Police Colonel Navin Teerawit, along with Banglamung District officials, launched a comprehensive operation to dismantle the underground drug network in the area. The operation began at 3.06pm yesterday, June 14, when law enforcement, including Deputy Chiefs of Banglamung…

  • Thailand News

    Thai woman accused of forcing daughter to trade sex for Yaba

    A 22 year old woman from the Isaan province of Buriram sought help from the director of the Opportunity Foundation, accusing her mother of forcing her to have sex with drug dealers to obtain methamphetamine, also known as Yaba. Opportunity Foundation Director Warut Khamkanake accompanied the 22 year old woman, known as A, to Mueang Buriram Police Station to file…

  • South Thailand News

    Suspected drug agent flees sting operation, leaving kids in Sadao

    A 30 year old suspected drug agent narrowly escaped a sting operation by security forces, leaving behind her two young daughters amid chaos. The incident unfolded today, May 15, when a combined military and administrative task force initiated a series of raids targeting drug trafficking in the Sadao district of Songkhla Province. The suspect, known as Kanjana or Khom, managed…

  • Thailand News

    Khon Kaen intensifies raids to tackle rising drug issues

    In a sweeping crackdown to combat the escalating drug epidemic, authorities in Khon Kaen, the city grappling with the country’s second highest rate of drug abuse, have initiated a series of targeted raids. Recent operations by the police have put the entire northeast community under scrutiny. The Provincial Police Chief of Khon Kaen, along with military, police, and administrative officers,…

  • Phuket News

    Myriad of drug raids in Phuket yields over 4,000 meth pills

    Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul arrived in Phuket yesterday to news that the local police declared a series of detentions in recent anti-drug operations, with raids leading to the capture of over 4,000 methamphetamine pills, also known as Yaba. One such operation by the Phuket City Police dismantled a significant drug network leading to the arrest of nine individuals. Among these,…

  • Thailand News

    Convicted drug offender remarkably escapes custody in Khon Kaen

    Police in Khon Kaen are in pursuit of a 35 year old man, a recently convicted drug offender who made a daring escape from custody. Ratchaphon Khiannok was on his way to the prison vehicle at the provincial court when he made his escape last night, April 25, according to the authorities. Ratchaphon was captured on security cameras, still wearing…

  • Thailand News

    Northeast Thailand tackles drug trafficking

    War against drug trafficking is underway in Northeast Thailand. Police Lieutenant General Sarayut Sa-nguanphokai, the Commander of Provincial Police Region 4 unveiled the details of this ambitious operation named “No Place for Drugs” during a press conference held on Thursday. The operation’s primary goal is to dismantle the local drug trade, focusing on 87 known hotspots under the jurisdiction of…

  • Phuket News

    Chalong police bust major drug operation in Rawai, Phuket

    A swift operation by Chalong police in the sea gypsy village of Rawai, Phuket, led to the apprehension of three individuals and the confiscation of a significant quantity of drugs. The stash included over 1,700 methamphetamine tablets, colloquially known as Yaba, and more than 600 grams of crystal meth, or ya ice. The central figure in this Tuesday night raid…

  • Thailand News

    Fisherman finds 20kg of drugs at sea in Rayong, Thailand

    A fisherman stumbled upon 20 kilogrammes of suspected drugs floating in the sea, which bore the same brand marks as a previous find. Upon discovery, he promptly reported the matter to the authorities. The authorities in the Rayong district of Thailand today, March 19, were alerted to a potential narcotics discovery at sea by a 54 year old fisherman, Somchai, originally…

  • Thailand News

    British man arrested in Chiang Mai drug bust

    A British man was arrested in a sting operation uncovering a sprawling drug trade targeting unsuspecting tourists in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai police, acting on a tip-off, apprehended 48 year old British man Charly Garcia in an operation at a cannabis products shop in the Mueang district, where he was allegedly peddling narcotics to foreign visitors. Undercover officers, playing their…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand and Switzerland secure significant sum from drug kingpin

    Thailand secured a substantial windfall of 1.88 million Swiss francs (76.89 million baht) from Switzerland, originating from the assets of drug kingpin Wei Hsueh-kang. In a ceremony presided over by Deputy Attorney General Jumpon Phansumrit, Thailand inked its inaugural asset-sharing pact with a foreign nation, setting a precedent for future collaborations in the war against crime. This landmark agreement signals…

  • Thailand News

    Pathum Thani karaoke drug bust nets several amid crackdown

    A special administrative unit led a successful raid on an illegal karaoke establishment in Pathum Thani Province, arresting several individuals and uncovering evidence of drug use. The operation took place at 3am today, March 2. The venue, disguised as an ordinary apartment block, hosted a bustling night-time scene where patrons and employees were found to be consuming and in possession…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket police sting operation leads to major drug bust

    A recent police sting operation in Phuket, Thailand, resulted in the arrest of a 26 year old woman, originally from Ao Luek in Krabi. The woman, Wichuda “Su” Aollueknoi, was apprehended in her rented room on Soi Patchanee-Bangchee Liao in Ratsada on Tuesday, with law enforcement officers seizing a haul of 700 methamphetamine pills, commonly known as Yabah. The raid…

  • Thailand News

    Cholnan Srikaew proposes new meth limit for small drug dealers

    Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew unveils a groundbreaking limit on methamphetamine possession, aimed at crippling small-time drug dealers once and for all. “I insist the law will be effective right after it’s issued.” Under the new policy, individuals found in possession of more than five methamphetamine pills will face criminal charges, while those with lesser quantities will be treated as…

  • Thailand News

    Thai and Laos authorities unite to extradite Malaysian drug lord

    The Narcotics Control Board Office (ONCB) in Thailand and Laos authorities are collaborating to extradite a Malaysian drug lord, a crucial figure in an international drug cartel, to Thailand. The notable suspect, 39 year old Ong Gim Wah, was apprehended in Laos during a joint mission on December 29. Ong, who had a bounty worth 1 million baht (US$29,036) on…

  • Thailand News

    Thai prime minister: Army anti-drug efforts on Myanmar border

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin directed the army to intensify its efforts to curb illicit drug smuggling along the Myanmar frontier. The directive was issued yesterday, December 5, during a meeting with the army chief, General Songwit Noonpackdee. The prime minister specifically emphasised the importance of the military’s collaboration with the police in executing this task. PM Srettha also stressed the…

  • Thailand News

    Thai police bust major drug ring, seize assets worth 100 million baht

    A notorious drug ring operating in the provinces of Pathum Thani and Yala was disrupted by Thai police, leading to the confiscation of assets amounting to nearly 100 million baht. Eight individuals, including the 32 year old alleged ringleader, were arrested across seven locations. The arrests, executed yesterday, November 27, were the result of warrants issued by the Yala Provincial…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket governor strengthens fight against rising illicit drug use

    Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat recently reinforced the region’s dedication to combating illicit drug activity, asserting that the necessary measures are already in place at the local level to make considerable headway in this battle. Governor Sophon’s reinforcement came in the wake of the most recent police report highlighting the state of illicit drug use on the streets of Phuket. The…

  • Crime News

    Drug bust: Phuket duo nabbed by police with 40,000 meth pills

    Phuket police authorities apprehended a pair of female culprits implicated in a significant drug bust at a local parcel delivery service in Wichit. The individuals, identified under pseudonyms as 31 year old Wan, hailing from Phatthalung, and 21 year old Ya, a native of Prachuap Khiri Khan, were arrested for possession of 40,000 methamphetamine pills, commonly referred to as Yaba,…

  • Crime News

    Thai drug crime: Over 1000 suspects nabbed in major Thai southern provinces

    In a sweeping operation against Thai drug crime, spanning seven southern provinces, over 1,000 suspects have been put behind bars. The large-scale sting, dubbed “Sayob Andaman (Defeating Andaman) 7/66,” was conducted by the team of Provincial Police Division 8. The detailed brief about the Thai drug crime operation was presented at a press conference in Phuket yesterday by the special…