Thai police break up drug gangs in four provinces

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra praised an anti-drug project in Chiang Rai during her visit to the province.

THAILAND - A major drug-dealing gang was broken up in Chumphon's Tha Sae district, with 286,000 yaba tablets worth more than Bt100 million(S$4 million) seized.

The suspects, including Mayeeding Saleng, 45, Dulhadee Kaling, 22, Yakareeya Kaje, 55, and Manase Jeko, 33, were arrested when they stopped at a checkpoint in two cars.

In Nakhon Phanom, Narong Ketsaenwong, 25, and Phichit Akabut, 39, were arrested with 15,740 yaba pills worth around Bt4 million when they stopped a vehicle checkpoint in Si Songkhram district.

And police in Trang told a press conference yesterday they had rounded up 17 suspects accused of homicide, selling drugs and using drugs.

Police seized about 500 yaba tablets, 0.14 grams of heroin, 2.39 grams of "ice", or crystal methamphetamine, and some marijuana and kratom leaves. They also seized three guns and 33 bullets.

Following the earlier arrest of Thanyares Samranmak, 25, with 500,000 yaba pills and eight kilograms of ice worth Bt124 million, her husband, Kritsada, 33, was arrested yesterday in Suphan Buri's Song Phi Nong district.

In related news, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday praised an anti-drug project in Chiang Rai during her visit to the province.

Kamnan, village heads and a number of village members have been assigned to monitor the drug situation in their communities and report back to authorities to prevent and suppress illegal drugs from spreading in their areas.

Yingluck said their performance was satisfactory.

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