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Phuket meth dealers launch ‘white skin’ campaign

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PHUKET: Police are concerned about a rise in the use of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) in Phuket and nearby provinces, and say drug dealers are falsely touting the powerful stimulant as a skin whitening agent to lure in new users.

Pramote Phumprakun, superintendent of Narcotics Suppression Bureau Division (NSBD) precinct responsible for the Upper South, described the ya ice problem as “epidemic and continuing to grow” despite the best efforts of law enforcement officials.

The NSDB Upper South region comprises eight provinces: Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket.

“Even though we monitor all trafficking activities as closely as possible, it seems like their networks are becoming more complicated and difficult to trace,” said Pol Col Pramote.

Ya ice and ya bah (methamphetamine in pill form) continue to be the illegal narcotics in highest demand in the region, he said.

The proliferation of ya ice use is particularly pronounced among Phuket youths. Despite the lack of any medical research or scientific proof, they believe skin whitening is a positive side effect, he said.

“These drug traffickers are clever. They propagate these beliefs among youths, who accept it without proof. The only thing we can prove about ya ice is that it can [negatively] effect your physical and mental health,” he said.

“The sad part is that there are a lot of people falling for the trick, many of them first-time users,” he added.

The ongoing obsession for light skin among Thais, especially women, has no real equivalent in the West. It is continually reinforced in television commercials touting skin whitening creams, armpit-whitening deodorants and myriad other consumer products promoted by beautiful, light-complexioned models.

Pol Col Pramote said there are two main road routes used by traffickers to bring drugs into the South of Thailand, one of which is the Asian Highway 2 that runs from Bangkok all the way to Indonesia. Major coastal roads are also used to move narcotics into the region, he said.

“I have ordered Police Region 8 drug suppression units to carefully monitor those who travel along these roads. We hope we can eliminate the problem soon,” said.

Asked about rumors about a major methamphetamine production base located “somewhere in the middle of the ocean”, he said:

“We have intelligence about a drug production base that was moved to a site inthe middle of the Andaman Sea. I ordered a team of detectives to investigate, but we haven’t found anything yet. We will continue to investigate until we can find it,” he said.

Figures released by the Phuket Provincial Police for August 2011 showed a 21 per cent overall decrease in drug cases (305) compared to August 2010 (241).

In total, there were 259 people arrested in Phuket on drug charges including possession (161), consumption (41), possession with intent to sell (40) and sale (16). There was one arrest for smuggling reported.

Earlier police statements that ya ice was surpassing ya bah in popularity are now supported by crime statistics.

Almost twice as many people were arrested for possession of ya ice (60) than ya bah (33) in August 2011, while 11 people were charged with sale of ya ice compared to just two for sale of ya bah.

Sixty-four bags of ya ice weighing over 3.7 kilograms were seized during the month, compared 8,054 ya bah pills.

Pick up a copy of the October 8 issue of the Phuket Gazette for an in-depth report and interviews with local medical professionals and youths who use methamphetamines for weight loss and skin whitening.

— Warisa Temram



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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