Huge quantity of drugs and weapons seized in simultaneous crackdowns
Bangkok police yesterday made multiple arrests and seized a large volume of narcotics in several simultaneous raids yesterday, the start of the month’s deadline the government has given the police force to crackdown on drug traffickers.
Some 696 people were arrested as part of raids in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon and Thon Buri areas, while another 439 people were netted in 58 raids in Pathum Thani. Many of the suspects were part of the blacklists of both police and anti-narcotics agencies.
The raids targeted mostly slums and communities inhabited by low-income earners, and turned up a large number of handguns and an M-16 assault rifle, machetes and other arms, many stolen motorcycles and cares, and other illegal items.
Among the key suspects arrested were Surachai Tohuapa and Usa Sawang-arom, who were caught in possession of 30,000 amphetamine tablets and 4 kilograms of “ice” flakes, as well as Suthep Bunkrajang and Amor Thanoosa, who were arrested in separate raids. Many of the suspects are also wanted for other crimes ranging from murder and rape to trivial offences.