Maj Gen Puttachart Ekkachan, Commander of the Narcotics Control Board’s Region 4 detachment, today told Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha the news at a meeting at Provincial Hall to discuss strategies to combat drug trafficking on the island.
The senior narcotics officer explained that the move was to counter Phuket becoming the portal of choice among drug mules.
“Phuket International Airport is the new target of drug smuggling into Thailand, instead of Suvarnabhumi Airport,” he said.
Maj Gen Puttachart added that drugs were increasingly being brought onto the island by road as well.
“Drug statistics are up this year, and they are now smuggling drugs through the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint.
“We need to have an x-ray machine at the checkpoint, which we do not have at the moment.” he added.
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