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Region 8 Police blitz nets thousands of suspects, huge drugs haul, targets illegal racers

Region 8 Police blitz nets thousands of suspects, huge drugs haul, targets illegal racers

PHUKET: Regions 8 Police arrested more than 3,589 suspects and seized more than 190 firearms – including a “weapon of war” automatic rifle – as well as 1,340 bullets and nearly 172,000 meth pills, more than 6kg of crystal meth in only 20 days during a crackdown throughout Southern Thailand’s upper seven provinces.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 26 August 2019, 04:40PM


Region 8 Police Commander Lt Gen Pongwut Pongsri announced the results of the crackdown at a press conference held at the Region 8 Police headquarters, located at the northern tip of Phuket, on Friday (Aug 23).

The press conference was held to highlight the number firearms and drugs seized during Region 8 Police’s ongoing campaign “Protection for safety of residents 2019” that began on June 27, Gen Pongwut said.

The most recent stages of the crackdown, from July 20-29 and Aug 3-12, saw elevated police efforts in the seven Southern Thailand provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Gen Pongwut explained.

During the crackdown, police throughout the seven provinces arrested 238 suspects for illegal firearms and ammunicition, he said.

Of the 193 firearms seized was an automatic rifle. Also seized were 1,340 rounds of ammunition.

The blitz also saw 2,212 drug suspects arrested in 2,131 cases, Gen Pongwut explained.

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The drug raids netted 171,899 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine) and 6,697 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), he said.

Police also seized 145kg of dried marijuana, 14.57 grams of heroin, 6.623kg of kratom leaves and 267 litres of kratom juice.

A total of 272 suspects involved in illegal racing (both drivers and “supporters”) were arrested and charged, gen Pongwut said.

A total of 37 cars and 685 motorbikes seized, he added.

A total 630 illegal vehicle modification items were seized – mostly motorbike exhausts – of which some 500 such items were destroyed in a public display on Friday.

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Kurt | 27 August 2019 - 21:08:36

Wow, wow, wow, such a PR activity of RTP nation wide. May I guess that the next yearly RTP promotion shuffles are coming up?

Kurt | 27 August 2019 - 14:38:01

3589 Suspects. Where they locked them up?  All thai prisons are already accommodating more than 3-4 times the prison capacities.

Steve wooly | 27 August 2019 - 10:45:49

well done keep up the good work, let's hope this is the start of something good 

Rorri_2 | 27 August 2019 - 09:08:22

How do they manage to capture so many "suspects", confiscate so many weapons, drugs etc, when they have a "blitz" but not any normal times... first question to ask, how did they know where to look?

BenPendejo | 26 August 2019 - 23:03:48

Good haul!  Nice to see the police taking care of business.  Drugs and guns are VERY serious issues here, but I really love to see those miserable noisy tail pipes getting taken off the street.  I wish they would mow down the whole motorbike so these morons stop with their childish and obnoxious noise-makers.

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