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War on Drugs Widens its Net in Northern Thailand while Police Find New Drug Called ‘Black Orchid’
CityNews – The war on drugs continues while police beef-up their operations in the north.
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On 28th June at the ‘Counter Drugs in Northern Region Boundaries Centre’ a conference was held that focused on increasing efficiency in countering the trafficking of drugs around the borders of the three districts of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hongson.
Major General Somsak Ninbanjerdkul, the head of the Counter Drugs in Northern Region Boundaries Centre said that since the police cracked down recently on drugs the behaviour of drug dealers has changed. And so now the police have had to change tactics.
Police said that Wa people in the Huay Or Nai area of Mae Hongson had been arrested in possession of a new drug called ‘Black Orchid’ which police say they had bought from hilltribe people to make Ya Ba and Ya Ice. Drug stashes have been found at Doi Samsib in Chiang Dao, Ban Maesow in Mae Ai and Ban Tagor in Maesuay, Chiang Rai.
Police said there are four main drug networks that they have focused on so far: The Lisu village at Ban Keed Chang in Maetang; Meana in Chiang Dao, Monpin in Fang and Tabtao in Terng, Chiang Rai.
The police will also focus on the Mae Fah Luang district of Chiang Rai as well as Ban Tam Lod in Mae Hongson. Police say two major drug barons called Jao Wie and Hong Pang are also on their ‘to do’ list. The said the dealers hire people from Suphanburi, Prachinburi, Pathumthani and Patthalung to transport drugs around Thailand.
Major General Channarog Thanarun, Head of the 3rd Army Base (Chiang Mai) told the press that they saw less drugs after a police crackdown. The army also watches the borders in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hongson for suspicious activity. Regarding delivering drugs via post, Channarong emphasised that post officers must always carefully check parcels.
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