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Southern drug problem is under control: Chalerm

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BANGKOK, 13 March 2012 (NNT) – Thai Deputy Prime Minister Police Captain Chalerm Yubumrung has expressed his confidence that the drug situation in the South is now under control, confirming that it is a separate issue from the local insurgency.

Following recent arrests of drug dealers in the southern region, Police Captain Chalerm indicated that the suspects were members of an existing drug network, not a new one. He elaborated that related authorities have been able to prevent the spread of narcotics in the area to a certain extent, adding that the number of drug traders is now fewer than before. Most of them are said to be native to northern and northeastern provinces of Thailand.

The Deputy Prime Minister also explained that drug trafficking is committed by individual networks that have no connections to terrorism, money laundering or sale of illegal weapons. As for human trafficking in border areas, he said the Department of Special Investigation is responsible for keeping the problem at bay.

During his interview with reporters, Police Captain Chalerm refused to comment on the southern insurgency problem, which is still ongoing.

Read more: NNT


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