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2 dead, including 15 month old boy, in traffic accident in north-east Thailand

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A man and a 15 month old boy have died, while an 11 year old child has been injured, in a collision between a 10-wheeler truck and a motorbike. The Bangkok Post reports that the collision happened last night, in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The 55 year old truck driver, Thongpoon Buakkhunthod, says he was travelling on the Nakhon Ratchasima to Chok Chai road, when he was forced to swerve to avoid a car that had pulled out in front of him. In attempting to avoid the car, he hit the motorbike on his right, which was carrying 3 people and waiting to perform a U-turn.

The 34 year old motorbike driver, named as Anupong Puangphet, and 15 month old Aswin Khaikrathok, were killed, while 11 year old Siva Khaikrathok was injured in the collision. The bodies of the victims and the injured boy have all been taken to Chok Chai Hospital, and a police investigation launched.

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Monk dies after jumping in front of speeding train in north-east Thailand

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A monk has died after jumping on to rail tracks and into the path of an approaching train in the north-eastern province of Si Sa Ket, near the Cambodian border. The incident occurred at a provincial train station in front of horrified witnesses at around 10.30am yesterday.

According to a Nation Thailand report, police say the 55 year old’s body was dismembered in the incident. Witnesses report that he jumped onto the tracks and stood with his arms open, in the path of an oncoming train. They say there was no time to save him. Police have launched an investigation to determine the motive behind the monk’s suicide.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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480 kilograms of marijuana seized on Laos border

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Police have seized 480 kilograms of, what they say is, “high-grade” marijuana in northeastern Thailand in a routine roadside search. The search was conducted near the border in Nakhon Phanom province. Police say the smugglers were looking for alternate routes now that the roads and traditional border crossings from Myanmar and Laos had been closed.

25 year old Likit Boonprasit was detained by border police after they found 12 fertiliser sacks containing the marijuana that was divided into 480 1 kilogram bricks of compressed marijuana. Likit says he was paid 30,000 baht to deliver the ganja to Bangkok but says he wasnt sure of the exact location as he was being directed by phone as he made his way to the capital.

Likit says the marijuana was smuggled across the Mekong river in long-tail boats from Laos, an operation path that is clearly popular with international smugglers. Just last month, police seized 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 138 kilograms of compressed marijuana in the same district, where, again, a pickup was stopped on the road near the Mekong river. Similar to the most recent bust, the marijuana and meth pills were in fertiliser sacks.

Police say the meth pills were on their way to Myanmar from Laos, where they were smuggled by a long-tail boat across the Mekong river. Such a detour into northeastern Thailand, police speculate, is necessary for smuggling operations as the border areas between Myanmar and northern Thailand have been sealed as part of Thailand’s wider border closures.

However, such operations that include a detour to Thailand have proven to be risky as more than 3 tonnes of marijuana have been seized in the last month alone.

Thailand legalised medical marijuana last year, with the hopes of allowing farming of the plant to boost the economy. It is the first country in SE Asia to legalise the drug and has consistently made quick adjustments to laws and jurisdiction to stay ahead of the blossoming medical marijuana business in the ASEAN.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Half a tonne of high grade compressed marijuana seized in NE Thailand

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Thai border police have seized half a tonne of “high grade marijuana” Nakhon Phanom province, north east Thailand, saying a border with Laos and the Mekong River. Border police announced the seizure of 480 kilograms of marijuana during a routine roadside search.

Police announced that a car was intercepted on a road near Ban Khok Sawang. The driver, 25 year old Likit Boonprasit, was detained and later arrested by border police. They found 12 fertiliser sacks containing a total of 480 1 kilogram “bricks” of of compressed marijuana. He told police the marijuana had been smuggled across the Mekong in long-tail boats from Laos.

The man said he would be paid 30,000 baht to deliver the marijuana to Bangkok. He told police that the delivery instructions were to be sent to him as he headed towards Bangkok. More than 3 tonnes of high grade marijuana out of Laos have been seized in Nakhon Phanom over the past month.

At the end of last month border patrol police seized 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 138 kilograms of compressed marijuana in That Phanom district, on a road near the Mekong River.

In that case police found 3 fertiliser sacks containing 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 4 other sacks with 138 kilograms of Marijuana in an abandoned vehicle.

Police claim the pills were being transported from Myanmar, via Last, as an alternative route into Thailand. They were then smuggled by long boat across the Mekong river.

Road routes and traditional border crossing have been closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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