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Week’s drug bust tally hits 46

Aug 23. 2019
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By The Nation

Police, soldiers and Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) officials scooped up 46 people, an array of illegal drugs and a brace of pistols during raids in nine provinces this week.

ONCB deputy secretary-general Pol Maj Suriya Singhakamon announced on Friday that 5,352 meth pills, half a gram of crystal meth (“ice”) and a kilogram of krathom leaves had been seized in targeted communities in 23 districts, along with two pistols and 40 rounds of ammunition.

The raids took place in 12 Bangkok communities, Samut Prakan, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sakhon Nakhon, Phitsanulok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Krabi and Narathiwat.

The people arrested included two drug manufacturers and 32 “drug abusers”. Four others were charged with possession with intent to sell and eight with simple possession.

Arrests in drug raids since last October now total 742 peddlers, 25 manufacturers and 2,846 abusers, Suriya said.

The tally in confiscated drugs is 10,208,211 meth pills, 36,426 grams of ice, 175 grams of heroin, 1,105,156 grams of marijuana, 419,131 grams of krathom leaves, 523 litres of krathom drink, 19 krathom plants, 1,061 grams of ketamine, 470 grams of opium and 6,786 ecstasy pills.

Seventy guns and 440 bullets were seized in the same period along with Bt24 million worth of suspects’ assets.

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