CHIANG RAI – Narcotics Control Board Secretary-General Permphong Chavalit has reported that the Four-Nation Mekong drug suppression taskforce has seized 30 tonnes of chemical precursors that could potentially produce 300 million amphetamine tablets.
Multinational drug suppression operations of Thailand, China, Laos and Myanmar along the Mekong River have proved successful and would be stepped up and expanded, Narcotics Control Board secretary-general Permpong Chavalit said
Permpong Chaovalit reported between January 12 and February 18 the Safe Mekong Coordination Centre made 1,289 arrests in 1,117 raids in Thailand, China, Laos and Myanmar, member countries of the SMCC, and seized 9,444,468 amphetamine tablets, 440 kilograms of “ice” flakes, 180kg of heroin and 59kg of opium liquid.
The operation was run by the Safe Mekong Coordination Centre and netted a large amount of drugs and several traffickers.
Like the first operation, Thailand supervised the second operation. The operations were conducted in China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar’s Chan State, Laos’ Bor Kaew and Nam Tha provinces and Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son provinces.
Five major operations were conducted in China, assisted by anti-drug counterparts based in Canton and Shanghai.
In Thailand on February 11, Permpong said 447,051 tablets were seized in a series of drug raids that also saw 77 arrests and assets worth Bt65 million seized. Another 288,000 tablets were seized and three suspects arrested in a raid on January 26, 2015
Mr Permphong said the four countries would meet the next month to review their performance and discuss the possibility of extending the operations to the end of this year.
The Safe Mekong Coordination Centre (SMCC) was launched in Chiang Mai after Myanmar, Laos, China and Thailand agreed to intensify their crackdown on narcotics smugglers.
Their operations included coordinating river and land patrols, sharing information, identifying targets and raids, and blocking the flow of precursors.