CHIANGRAI TIMES – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung yesterday told a press conference that police had cracked three gangs of drug traffickers.
Chalerm said that although police kept hunting down drug dealers and addicts, narcotics continued to be smuggled across Thailand’s borders. Therefore, he said, he would ask Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to put the problem of drug trafficking on the regional agenda in a bid to encourage neighbouring countries to participate in tackling the problem seriously.
Ulacha Prasutinawin, 25, and Bundit Phattana-umphaiwong, 34, were arrested in Bangkok on Wednesday, and police seized 20 kilograms of “ice” (crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride) and 366,000 tablets of ya ba.
Worasak Sricharoen, 34, was also arrested in the capital yesterday with 31kg of “ice”, while Suchart Pingsuwan, 35, and Somyot Phaiboonphoonsap, 36, were nabbed in the Rangsit area of Pathum Thani on Wednesday with 10kg of “ice” in their possession.
Police have said that they are closely monitoring the movements of six major gangs in the North and have asked the Army to block several parts of the border in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai, Mae Fa Luang and Mae Chan districts. Checkpoints have been also put up in Phrae, Lampang and Sukhothai provinces to block drugs from being trafficked into the Central region.