Tough drug surveillance at borders

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has tightened surveillance at 93 checkpoints and temporary checkpoints along the border to prevent drug smuggling into the kingdom during the festive season.

ONCB secretary-general Pongsapat Pongcharoen said tough checks were being carried out on the border between Thailand and Myanmar (21 points), Laos (47), Cambodia (16) and Malaysia (9). Drug dealers were known to have taken opportunities presented by the New Year period to bring in the drugs into Thailand in the past.

They also used many methods, including personal vehicles and public transport such as trains, buses and aircraft, so another 34 checkpoints were also being set up on the routes to Bangkok and its vicinity, where drugs are often kept before being distributed to dealers.

Mail was also being inspected thoroughly to prevent the shipping of illegal products. 

Pol Gen Pongsapat said the operation began on Dec 25 and will continue until mid-January.  

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 10:05 PM
The Thai government, when there is a real one, should stop playing these prohibition games that only serve to enrich those criminals in control of the illegal market. Prohibition has failed, end the war on drugs!
Discussion 2 : 31/12/2013 at 03:59 PM
well poor downtrodden cops can't get their graft on if they don't know where the smuggling happens.
Discussion 3 : 31/12/2013 at 03:38 PM
Thailand - The Hub of Checkpoints
Discussion 4 : 31/12/2013 at 03:17 PM
Well, that will bring good cheer and extra profits to corrupt officials and mafia scum, without being of any benefit whatsoever to a single decent Thai citizen. And Thai taxpayers are paying for this useless and socially harmful sort of activity! Looks like an area for some serious reform: legalized drugs would be a massive blow to corruption and mafia. It would also save a fortune on suppression costs. And it would make treatment of drug related problems easier, whilst reducing prices and therefore lowering drug related theft. Win-win for all save corrupt officials and mafia scum. So, why isn't this practical and most moral policy adopted?
Discussion 5 : 31/12/2013 at 02:50 PM
Only over the festive season dose that mean the drugs can continue being imported after it.
Discussion 6 : 31/12/2013 at 01:57 PM
People smuggle drugs from Malaysia to Thailand? Last week I did not even have to take my bag through customs at the Malaysian border.

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