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16 Thai Navy officials investigated for alleged involvement in drug trafficking

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

The Royal Thai Navy is investigating 16 of its officials for alleged involvement in a drug trafficking operation earlier this month in the Isaan province Nong Khai which borders Laos. If the officials are found guilty, the Navy will immediately take both disciplinary and legal action, according to a spokesperson.

Local officials reportedly seized 2 million amphetamine tablets and 116 kilograms of methamphetamine from a suspect who allegedly smuggled the drugs across the Mekong River, which borders the province. The suspect allegedly fled the scene.

2 Navy officers took the drugs from local officials, saying they would secure the evidence and hold a press conference, which never happened, according to a complaint filed with the Anti-Corruption Police by the Crime Victims Assistance Club chairperson.

“About 20 minutes after the drug seizure, two men who claimed that they were officials from Navy’s Mekong Patrol Operation Command took the drugs from Nong Khai officials, saying that they would secure the evidence and later hold a press conference on the drug seizure… However, the press event was later cancelled.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Whatever floats your boat……

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Beyond bizarre.

    So according to “the chairman of the Crime Victims Assistance Club, Atchariya Ruangrat-tanapong, on the night of January 10 officials from the Department of Provincial Administration in Nong Khai seized 2 million amphetamine tablets and 116kg of methamphetamine from a drug trafficker who uses Mekong River as a transport route.”

    The drug trafficker then “fled the scene”, then two men the Nong Khai staff didn’t know turned up, said they were “from the Navy’s Mekong Patrol Operation Command”, said they’d “secure” the 2 million amphetamine tablets and 116kg of methamphetamine, so the staff just handed them the tablets and meth.

    … and the two men haven’t been heard from since, and the Nong Khai Admin dept haven’t said anything …

    … all a bit odd, even in Thailand.

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    Anh Lam

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:07 am

    He he he… The Amazing Land of Smiles and Corruption! Go figure!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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