methamphetamine

  • Thailand News

    70% of Thais support methamphetamine threshold for legal action

    Thailand’s Public Health Ministry revealed that 70% of Thai citizens agree with the regulation of having a minimum threshold of one methamphetamine pill for legal proceedings, while 30% prefer zero tolerance. The Ministry insists the threshold is necessary for effective law enforcement. Public Health Minister Somsak Thepsuthin chaired the opening ceremony of the new Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Centre…

  • Thailand News

    Civil war in Myanmar sees increase in drug trafficking into Thailand

    In a worrying development, the trafficking of methamphetamine, commonly known as Yaba, from Myanmar into Thailand has witnessed a significant increase in recent weeks. According to Thai military sources, this surge is attributed to the pressing financial requirements of anti-junta ethnic forces in Myanmar. A coordinated effort by Thai military, police, and anti-narcotics officials yesterday resulted in the seizure of…

  • Thailand News

    Old habits die hard: Man fresh out of prison nabbed for Yaba pills

    Barely a week after his release from prison, a Bangkok man was apprehended for distributing Yaba pills obtained from a former inmate friend. He was caught selling pills at 8 baht each, totalling 6,000 pills, before being ensnared in a police sting operation. At 7.40pm yesterday, investigative units from Sing Buri Provincial Police, alongside local authorities, received intelligence about a…

  • Chiang Mai News

    Teen courier with 900k meth pills caught in Chiang Mai

    In a dramatic pre-dawn operation, at 1.50am this morning, Thai police intercepted a teenage drug courier in Chiang Mai province, seizing nearly one million methamphetamine pills hidden in his pickup truck. The teenage driver admitted to being paid 80,000 baht for the illicit transport. Law enforcement officials from Lhoongkhot Police Station, under the command of Superintendent Suphachai Chanthara, collaborated with…

  • Thailand News

    Ayutthaya meth bust nets 10 million pills worth 500 million baht

    A major drug bust involving 10 million methamphetamine pills, valued at 500 million baht (US$13.9 million), was thwarted by authorities in Ayutthaya province. The capture was made possible after a meticulous tracking operation, leading to the arrest of two suspects who attempted to disguise the illicit cargo amidst vegetables on a six-wheeled truck. Late yesterday night, at around 11pm, law…

  • 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

    ONCB considers dropping methamphetamine pill limit to three

    The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) is contemplating a reduction in the permissible limit of methamphetamine pills from five to three. This proposal is in response to the substantial criticism received for the five-pill cap, enforced by the Ministry of Public Health since February 9. The current rule exempts individuals from criminal charges if they are found with…

  • Thailand News

    Chiang Mai confrontation leads to seizure of 200,000 meth pills

    A confrontation between soldiers and smugglers occurred in the Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai in the early hours of today. The incident led to a seizure of 200,000 methamphetamine pills that were abandoned during the conflict. The Pha Muang task force, while on patrol, encountered armed individuals near the natural border crossing from Myanmar in the Kaeng Tum village…

  • Pattaya News

    Four arrested for possession of 140,000 amphetamine pills in northern Thailand

    A drug bust operation in Phon Thong, Roi Et, led by Police Lieutenant General Sarayut Sa-nguanphokai, the Commander-in-Chief, resulted in the arrest of four suspects on November 8. The suspects, 34 year old Suthat (surname withheld), 55 year old Thanattha, 46 year old Wisava, and 41 year old Prapanich, were apprehended with over 140,000 amphetamine pills. The operation was the…

  • Thailand News

    Two men arrested in major drug bust by MPB worth millions of baht

    A recent crackdown by the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) led to a drug bust and the arrest of two 25 year old men. The duo, identified as Ton from Chiang Rai province, and Narongkiet from Suphanburi province, were apprehended today at their rental residence in Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom province, with an assortment of illegal drugs worth millions of baht. The…

  • Thailand News

    Debate over redefining methamphetamine possession limit in Thailand heats up

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin called for a comprehensive discussion surrounding the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to redefine anyone in possession of under 10 methamphetamine pills as an addict rather than a criminal. The meeting over the methamphetamine possession debate took place yesterday and involved high-ranking officials from the Royal Thai Police (RTP), the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB),…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket’s tuk tuk turmoil: Driver busted with ‘Yaba’ stash and axe arsenal

    A tuk tuk driver from Patong was apprehended by police and charged with possession of 43 methamphetamine pills, known locally as Yaba, and several weapons, including an axe. The 30 year old driver, was arrested on Monday night, October 16, at a checkpoint in front of Patong Hospital. The incident was reported by the Patong Police late the following day.…

  • Crime News

    Bangkok man arrested amid drug trafficking and firearm charges

    Officers from the Ratchaburi Police Station, including Police Lieutenant Wacharaphon Suwananuwong, Deputy Inspector Thanaphon Thanaphakorn, and Police Lieutenant Tawich Petchamphorn, recently apprehended a 32 year old man involved in drug trafficking. The arrest of the man, Sittichok, also known as Mayd, took place in his condominium room located in Pracha Uthit Soi 33, Bang Mod, Thung Khru, Bangkok. Sithadsion of…

  • Crime News

    Stabbing incident: Meth user fatally attacks friend over drug theft in Patthalung

    A 21 year old man, high on eight methamphetamine pills, committed a brutal stabbing attack on his friend, inflicting 13 wounds that led to his death. The stabbing incident occurred yesterday and was promptly investigated by the local police who used CCTV footage to quickly apprehend the suspect. Officer Soros Chanapan, of Khao Chaison Police Station, Patthalung province, was informed…

  • Crime News

    Major drug dealer killed in Thai police operation: 233 meth pills found on body

    A notorious drug dealer yesterday met a violent end at his abode in the Mae Tha district of Lamphun province. Police closed in on the house hoping to execute an arrest warrant only to encounter gunfire from the suspect who tried to make a daring escape. At approximately 4.30pm, Police Lieutenant Colonal Sampran Janmangkang, chief of Tha Khat Police Station,…

  • Thailand News

    Student denied college interview over methamphetamine vindicated by second test

    The 19 year old student from Khon Kaen who was initially deemed ineligible for a college interview test due to a positive methamphetamine test has now been cleared after a second test came back negative. The family plans to submit the blood test results to Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Pharmacy to confirm her eligibility for the interview test. Last week, Anama…

  • Thailand News

    3 detained in seizure of 100kg narcotics

    In a significant narcotics bust in Thailand, authorities have apprehended suspects from three countries and intercepted over 100 kilograms of drugs, according to the Narcotics Control Board (NCB). On Tuesday, Thai authorities received information regarding the smuggling of heroin from Thailand to Australia. Working together with a joint task force, the NCB managed to seize 80 bricks of heroin, totalling…

  • Crime News

    Northern Thailand police seize 62 million Yaba pills in 5 months

    In a recent drug suppression drive conducted in the Mae Chan district of Chiang Rai, police in northern Thailand seized six million Yaba pills. This latest seizure is part of a wider crackdown on drug trafficking in the region, which has seen law enforcement officials seize a staggering 62 million Yaba pills, also known as methamphetamine, over the past five…

  • Crime News

    More addictive meth a new drug danger

    Love meth but are disappointed that it’s just not addicting enough? There may be a new solution for you. A doctor in Krabi warned about a dangerous new addictive substance found in meth pills. Dr Somkiat Kijthamachet, who runs the Dr Somkiat Clinic, has been providing free treatment to drug addicts for over 30 years. He recently uncovered a new…

  • Crime News

    Drug law amendment makes 2 meth pills dealing

    To effectively combat the illegal drug trade, a law is being amended in Thailand so that anyone caught in possession of more than one meth pill will now be considered a drug dealer. Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul announced this change yesterday, stating that the current regulation has been exploited by those who actually intend to sell the drugs.…

  • Crime News

    Univited hotel guest shoots at resort owner, police

    A dramatic pursuit ended in injury for both a police officer and an uninvited guest at a Rayong resort after the guest sharted shooting at the resort owner for denying him a free stay. The incident occurred in the early hours this morning, when police responded to a call from the Klaeng district resort about a reported shooting. Police were…

  • Crime News

    Thai police seize 1.1 tonnes of crystal meth in just one week

    Southeast Asia‘s synthetic drugs trade is booming with Thai police seizing over one tonne of crystal meth (“Ice”) in just one week. Police displayed the fruits of their hard work – 1.145 tonnes of seized methamphetamine disguised as Chinese tea – at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Bangkok yesterday. The crystal meth was produced in neighbouring countries and smuggled into…

  • Crime News

    Van driver on pills doesn’t notice sparks for 10km

    If you’re going to drive under the influence, make sure you have a spare tyre and not just spare Yaba pills. In what can only be described as a wild ride, a 29-year-old van driver was arrested by Tha Chatchai Police this morning for driving his vehicle without its left front tyre for a staggering 10 kilometres. Pichai Klomsanoh, a…

  • Thailand News

    Police auction off water buffaloes seized from drug dealer in northeast Thailand

    Thai police confiscated 16 water buffaloes from a drug kingpin in Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeast Thailand, and sold them at auction today for almost 390,100 baht (US$10,882). Earlier this month, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) seized 4.2 million baht in assets from “Yutt Nong Ya Khao,” the kingpin of a drug trafficking network in Isaan. The court…

  • Crime News

    Man takes 4 Ya Ba pills and rides motorbike with no hands in Thailand

    Police arrested a man in Nakhon Phanom, northeast Thailand, yesterday after a video of him riding his motorbike and swerving all over the road went viral on social media. He admitted that he was high on four pills of Ya Ba (“crazy drug”) – a type of methamphetamine – when the clip was taken. Officers from Nakhon Phanom Provincial Police…

  • Crime News

    Police seize 1,000s of weapons, calming APEC delegates

    As Thailand struggles to combat the harm done by the methamphetamine epidemic, in a bizarre statement, police claim to have rounded up more than 60,000 suspects and seized thousands of weapons in cases tied to narcotics and illegal weapons since October 10, “bolstering confidence” among delegates to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 18. Police made…

  • World News

    Too bad to be true – the 2 baht meth pill

    Meth pills that cost 300 baht each just a few years ago, are now available on the street for as little as 2 baht each, according to police and the Bangkok Post, but are we obliged to believe them? Why would we start now? The revelation comes in an article in Bangkok Post which begins by talking about the speed…

  • World News

    How can Thailand win its war on drugs?

    As Thailand begins the latest round of its war on drugs, Thai PBS paints a pretty bleak picture of the prospects for a quick victory. This is no metaphorical war. This is an armed struggle, with well-drilled militaries on every side. According to the news provider, the production of methamphetamine by organised crime syndicates has resulted in a sharp drop…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand to combat its methamphetamine crisis with cannabis

    Thailand is going to attempt to fix its methamphetamine crisis with another formally-illegal drug, cannabis. In a recent study, meth addicts in Thailand were given CBD oil under their tongues to treat withdrawal symptoms, and the results were promising. Today, acting Director General of the Medical Department Dr Thongchai Kiratthihathayakhon said that methamphetamine is “Thailand’s biggest problem.” Meth-induced psychosis is…