On September 6, 2023, two suspected drug couriers were arrested in Chiang Rai’s Muang district after 2 million methamphetamine pills were found in their vehicle. The Office of the Narcotics Control Board Region 5 announced the details of the arrest on September 7, withholding the suspects’ surnames. The duo now faces charges of collusion in possession of illicit drugs with intent to sell, among other offenses.
In recent months, the Immigration Bureau (IB) has arrested at least 20 Chinese nationals who were smuggled into Thailand from Cambodia. These individuals were en route to Myanmar to work for callcentre gangs. Investigations revealed that they were working for Chineseoperated gangs, intending to transfer their base of operations to Myanmar. Immigration Bureau Commissioner, Pol Lt Gen Pakphumpipat Sajjaphan, and his deputy, Pol Maj Gen Phanthana Nutchanart, stated on Monday that the Chinese operators were moving both their compatriots and Thai nationals to Myanmar following crackdowns in Cambodia.
On August 2, 2023, Thai police arrested a 28yearold Chinese man, Luo Zhipeng, in connection with a massive cache of smuggled, pirated goods found in a warehouse in Muang district, tambon Phraekasa, Samut Prakan province. The discovery included approximately 100,000 counterfeit items ranging from gas stoves and skateboards to hair clippers, camera bags, and table fans.
In a recent incident, a Thai driver and 13 illegal migrants from Myanmar were detained in the Rattaphum district of Songkhla, a southern province in Thailand. Immigration police followed and intercepted a sport utility vehicle on a highway at Khuha intersection in Rattaphum district on Thursday evening.
A South Korean man has been apprehended by the police in Thailand after receiving a tipoff about his alleged involvement in the smuggling of crystal methamphetamine to South Korea. The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) collaborated with the Korea National Police earlier this month to investigate the 46yearold suspect, identified as Chun Younbae. Chun has been allegedly smuggling crystal meth to South Korea between 2021 and 2022.