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Over 1,000 suspects nabbed in crime sweep

Mar 22. 2019
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By Sitthichai Sikhawat
The Nation

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In a month-long crime sweep, police nabbed more than 1,000 suspects and seized 143 firearms, 52,791 meth-amphetamine pills, 316 grams of crystal meth, 1,392 kilogams of marijuana and 235kg of krathom leaves, Provincial Police Region 8 chief Pol Lt-General Pongwuth Pongsri said on Friday.

The suspects were arrested in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket provinces between February 2 and March 20. Of the suspects, 161 face gun-related charges, 982 drug-related charges, while the remaining 79 were arrested on the basis of arrest warrants related to old cases, he said. 

The police sweep – targeting dark influential figures, hitmen, people dealing in weapons and drugs, as well as fugitives – was carried out to boost public confidence ahead of the elections.

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