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  • Crime NewsPolice in Songkhla arrest 5 people, seize 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine

    Police in Songkhla arrest 5 people, seize 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine

    Police arrested five people who were allegedly involved in an operation to smuggle 1,000 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from the southern province Songkhla, possibly across the border to Malaysia, although reports do not go into detail about which country the drugs were en route to. At around 2:39am on Friday, officers seized the drugs outside the Anan Motor Sales Company…

  • Crime NewsThailand’s big, bad meth boom, in the middle of a pandemic | VIDEO

    Thailand’s big, bad meth boom, in the middle of a pandemic | VIDEO

      Caitlin Ashworth reports on Thailand’s burgeoning drug trade and the futile attempts to try and control it. 72 tonnes of a chemical called propionyl chloride arrives in a remote region of Laos. All professionally packaged and loaded ready for shipping. The containers full of the obscure chemical had made their way from Jiangsu, a coastal Chinese province north of…

  • Crime NewsOfficers surprise drug suspect with birthday cake in Nakhon Si Thammarat

    Officers surprise drug suspect with birthday cake in Nakhon Si Thammarat

    Officers in Nakhon Si Thammarat surprised a man who was detained on drug charges with a birthday cake. Police who arrested the man looked at his ID card and noticed it was his birthday. The 33 year old man claims says he had never blown candles on a birthday cake before. The man was driving his motorcycle when he noticed…

  • Crime NewsPhuket police arrest 2 men and seize more than 160,000 methamphetamine pills

    Phuket police arrest 2 men and seize more than 160,000 methamphetamine pills

    Police in Phuket arrested two men on drug charges and seized more than 160,000 methamphetamine pills. Officers from the Tha Chatchai station searched a two-storey home in Mai Khao and found thousands of methamphetamine tablets, known by the Thai street name “ya ba,” which translates to “crazy drug.” Officers say they found 60 orange pills which were branded with the…

  • Crime NewsSurat Thani police arrest 2 suspected drug dealers

    Surat Thani police arrest 2 suspected drug dealers

    Police have arrested 2 suspects in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province. Over 100 thousand methamphetamine pills were sized and assets valued at 2 million were impounded for “examinations, says Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto, today. The governor previously spoke at a press briefing on Saturday. Wichawut said that a team of police with backup from border patrol and defence volunteers…

  • Thailand NewsPolice arrest 21 in Thong Lor party: drugs, alcohol, and birthday cake found

    Police arrest 21 in Thong Lor party: drugs, alcohol, and birthday cake found

    Thong Lor has again made the news for people partying. Recently, police raided a hotel room in Thong Lor, Bangkok. They arrested 21 suspects for allegedly taking drugs and breaking the emergency decree that forbids groups from gathering. The Thong Lor police were alerted that a hotel room on Soi Sukhumvit 31 was full of people being loud and not…

  • Crime NewsMethamphetamine en route to Hong Kong seized at Bangkok shipping company

    Methamphetamine en route to Hong Kong seized at Bangkok shipping company

    Police arrested 3 suspects and seized 10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine stuffed in floor mattresses that were being prepared for shipment to Hong Kong. Over the past few months, Thai law enforcement has been cracking down on illegal drug shipments en route to other countries. The Seaport Interdiction Task Force searched a pickup truck shipping company in the Navamin area…

  • Pattaya NewsMan in Chon Buri province arrested while allegedly trying to deliver drugs

    Man in Chon Buri province arrested while allegedly trying to deliver drugs

    A man was arrested in the central Thai province Chon Buri for possessing methamphetamine and yaba pills. 24 year old Nawin Triupot was arrested in the Sattahip district of Chon Buri as he was allegedly making a drug run to clients. Police seized 159.54 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 1,615 methamphetamine pills (yaba) on Nawin. The alleged drug businessman is…

  • Pattaya NewsMonk arrested on charges of assault and drug possession in Chon Buri

    Monk arrested on charges of assault and drug possession in Chon Buri

    Police in Chon Buri arrested a Buddhist monk and seized a small amount of crystal methamphetamine after the monk allegedly slapped a woman in the face during a heated argument. The 32 year old monk was taken back to the temple following the arrest and the abbot defrocked him. He was then taken to the Samet police station and charged…

  • Crime News1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine and heroin seized near Malaysian border

    1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine and heroin seized near Malaysian border

    Police in the southern province Satun seized 1.2 tonnes of heroin and methamphetamine valued at around 1 billion baht that had been left in a canal near the Malaysian border. Thai maritime authorities and Satun marine police were surveying a mangrove forest at the Tam Malang Canal when they found 39 large plastic bins in the wetland. Large quantities of…

  • Crime NewsThai police say they’ve gathered “strong evidence” on transnational drug trade

    Thai police say they’ve gathered “strong evidence” on transnational drug trade

    “Good news” will be reported soon on Thailand’s crackdown on transnational drug trade, at least that’s what police are saying today about the ramping up of the transnational drug rings and trafficking. Drug suppression operations have intensified over the past month with numerous drug seizures including several at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport where methamphetamine and heroin were found hidden in packages…

  • Crime NewsPM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

    PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

    Following the numerous busts involving drugs en route to overseas, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has declared that the suppression of illegal drugs should be an urgent national agenda item. The deputy government spokesperson Rachada Dhanadirek made the announcement of the prime minister’s behalf, saying Prayut called for government workers to support the efforts to crack down on drugs. The spokesperson says…

  • World NewsUN report: Changes in Southeast Asia drug trafficking during the pandemic

    UN report: Changes in Southeast Asia drug trafficking during the pandemic

    While the notorious Golden Triangle remains a major production base for methamphetamine, drug syndicates in Southeast Asia have changed up trafficking routes and added production bases to not only survive but capitalise during the pandemic. Large-scale methamphetamine production has emerged in Cambodia during the pandemic, according to the annual UN Office on Drugs and Crime report on synthetic drugs in…

  • Phuket NewsPolice crack down on drugs in Phuket neighbourhoods

    Police crack down on drugs in Phuket neighbourhoods

    In an ongoing effort to crack down on drugs in Phuket neighbourhoods, police conducted a series of raids where they seized dozens of grams of crystal methamphetamine and thousands of methamphetamine pills as well as dozens of rounds of firearm ammunition. Phuket Provincial Police also recently arrested 5 people in the various raids. Provincial police captain Chaiwat Chuwang has been…

  • Crime NewsPolice at Bangkok airport seize methamphetamine from parcel en route to Australia

    Police at Bangkok airport seize methamphetamine from parcel en route to Australia

    Police at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport seized crystal methamphetamine that was hidden in an express mail parcel destined for Australia. The Airport Interdiction Task Force searched the EMS package addressed to Melbourne and found bags containing a total of around 750 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden in 3 large motorcycle parts. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin recently announced that the ministry is…

  • Crime NewsJustice Minister says Thailand is a major transit point in the illicit drug trade

    Justice Minister says Thailand is a major transit point in the illicit drug trade

    Thailand is a major transit point in the transnational illicit drug trade, particularly crystal methamphetamine and heroin, with many routes destined for various countries, according to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin. Due to the strict penalties for illegal drug production, Thailand is rarely used as a base to produce methamphetamine and heroin, the minister says. Most of the drugs are produced…

  • Crime NewsPackage set to fly to New Zealand has 520g of meth

    Package set to fly to New Zealand has 520g of meth

    The Office of the Narcotics Control Board said that a package stopped at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport before it flew off to New Zealand had 520 grammes of crystal meth. The package had 7 women’s shoulder bags that were found to be stuffed full of crystal methamphetamine. Airport staff caught the package before it was scheduled to fly to Auckland on…

  • Crime NewsMan arrested for allegedly attempting to mail methamphetamine and ecstasy to Singapore

    Man arrested for allegedly attempting to mail methamphetamine and ecstasy to Singapore

    A Singaporean man was arrested for allegedly attempting to mail crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy from Thailand to his home country. Airport security in Thailand checked the package and found the drugs hidden in a speaker. Chief of the Narcotics Control Board Wichai Chaimongkhol says 1,320 ecstasy pills and 3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, known as “ice,” were found in the…

  • Crime NewsONCB to investigate transnational drug trafficking operations with routes in Thailand

    ONCB to investigate transnational drug trafficking operations with routes in Thailand

    Following the news of the Thai national arrested in South Korea for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into the country, Thailand’s Office of Narcotics Control Board is now investigating transnational drug trafficking operations with routes in Thailand. Thailand’s Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin ordered for the investigation, advising authorities to investigate to see if drug traffickers in Thailand have been involved in operations…

  • Crime NewsThai man faces charges for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into South Korea

    Thai man faces charges for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into South Korea

    A 32 year old Thai man is facing charges for allegedly trafficking $12.1 million USD worth of methamphetamine into South Korea. The man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly smuggling around 4 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in bags of protein supplements on a flight from Thailand to South Korea, according to Korean media. The man was allegedly paid 200,000 baht…

  • Crime NewsThai authorities announce cargo ship’s route before drug bust in Australia | VIDEO

    Thai authorities announce cargo ship’s route before drug bust in Australia | VIDEO

    Thai authorities investigating the drug bust in Australia, where more than 300 kilograms of methamphetamine were seized from a Thai cargo ship, say they’ve narrowed down the route of the shipment and have identified a company involved. Cargo had first been loaded onto a Chinese vessel which left Chon Buri’s Laem Chabang port on March 25, according to Thailand’s Office…

  • Crime NewsPolice in Phuket seize 100,000 methamphetamine pills, women arrested on drug charges

    Police in Phuket seize 100,000 methamphetamine pills, women arrested on drug charges

    Police in Phuket arrested 2 women on drug charges and seized a package containing 100,000 methamphetamine pills, 200 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Police say they received a tip about women suspected of selling methamphetamine and pills known as “ya ba,” meaning “crazy drug” in Thai. Officers tracked down 38 year old Ladawan ‘Mod’ Chuengyang and 24 year old…

  • Crime NewsGerman and Thai arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine to undercover officer

    German and Thai arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine to undercover officer

    Narcotics suppression police arrested a German man and a Thai national in Pattaya for allegedly selling crystal methamphetamine. An undercover police officer had transferred money to 59 year old Claus Mike Haberstroh’s bank account and went by a home in the tambon Nong Prue to pick up the drugs. The suspects allegedly handed the undercover agent 39.16 grammes of crystal…

  • Crime NewsNew Yaba pill laced with crystal meth to increase potency

    New Yaba pill laced with crystal meth to increase potency

    A new type of yaba (methamphetamine) pill in Thailand is being laced with a crystal meth coating to boost its potency. The news comes after Border Patrol Police say they seized 40,950 Yaba pills in Thailand’s northeastern Nakhon Phanom province. Police say the pills are not the regular yaba pills that have existed in the country for years, but are a…

  • World NewsDrug trafficking in Thailand spikes following Myanmar coup, volunteers keep close eye on border

    Drug trafficking in Thailand spikes following Myanmar coup, volunteers keep close eye on border

    Thailand has faced a spike in methamphetamine trafficking across the Mekong River following the military coup in neighbouring Myanmar. Local volunteers along the river are now helping out to identify potential drug smugglers disguised as fishermen. The volunteers tip off police when they see suspicious activity since they can’t make arrests and confronting a drug trafficker could be dangerous. One…

  • Pattaya NewsSuspected drug dealer nabbed with 2,000 methamphetamine pills after motorbike crash

    Suspected drug dealer nabbed with 2,000 methamphetamine pills after motorbike crash

    A suspected drug dealer was arrested after he crashed his motorbike while attempting to flee from police in Chon Buri. Police later seized 500 grams of crystal meth along with 2,000 methamphetamine pills from the man’s home. The suspected drug dealer, Sonthaya “Boy” Suwan, was injured in the accident, but reports do not go into detail about his condition. After…

  • Crime NewsMan who buys truck from auction finds 20 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine inside

    Man who buys truck from auction finds 20 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine inside

    A man who bought a truck from a Bangkok auction site got a hefty surprise after finding 20 kilograms of crystal meth (ice) in a secret compartment when he went to install a new audio system. He says the drugs were bundled in gold wrapping when he discovered them and immediately returned the truck to the auction in the Bang…

  • Crime NewsThailand’s methamphetamine trafficking increases after Myanmar coup

    Thailand’s methamphetamine trafficking increases after Myanmar coup

    Thailand’s methamphetamine supply is facing a sharp rise out of Myanmar following the recent coup, opening the floodgates to an abundance of “yaba” pills. The Thai narcotics bureau seized over 80 million pills in the past 6 months alone, including a 20 million baht seizure recently, in part due to over-supply from the Covid-19 pandemic. But much more yaba is…

  • Crime NewsBus driver of student field trip arrested after police find 600 kilograms of methamphetamine onboard

    Bus driver of student field trip arrested after police find 600 kilograms of methamphetamine onboard

    A chartered bus driver, who recently took students on a field trip, was arrested after police found 600 kilograms of methamphetamine in the bus’ luggage compartment. 53 year old Amorn Chatawittayakul, the driver, was stopped at the Tha Yang intersection on Phetkasem Highway in Thailand’s central Petchaburi province at about 8pm last night. The bus was headed back from a…

  • Crime NewsMore methamphetamine found on Thailand beach, suspected to be linked to sunken vessel

    More methamphetamine found on Thailand beach, suspected to be linked to sunken vessel

    More packages of methamphetamine have washed up on a Thailand beach, this time on the shore of Koh Chang, an island in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Trat. Police have speculated that the drugs, all in similar packaging, may have been from a vessel that sank while carrying a shipment of drugs from Vietnam. In earlier reports,…