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‘Crackdown’ on Bangkok criminals nets mainly drug suspects

Dec 01. 2017
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By Jessada Chantharak
The Nation

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A recent police operation to crack down on Bangkok criminals has led to the arrest of 1,290 suspects, including 1,039 drug suspects, acting city police chief Lt-General Charnthep Sesawet told a press conference at the Metropolitan Police Bureau on Friday.

During the November 20-29 crime sweep, police arrested 83 suspects in crimes against life, body and “sex”; 107 theft suspects and 20 suspected violators of human trafficking, intellectual property, or natural resources and environment laws, said Charnthep’s deputy, Pol Maj-General Panurat Lakboon. 

Officers also nabbed 39 weapon suspects along with 32 guns, 245 cases of ammunition and five explosives, he said. The majority of suspects were 1,039 alleged drug users and dealers who were nabbed along with a combined 25,169 yaba pills, 15,032 kilograms of kratom leaves, 23 ecstasy pills, slightly over two kilograms of “ice” crystal meth, and 50 grams of ketamin. Officers also arrested two people accused of involvement in loan shark businesses.

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