Drug gangs change smuggling route to Thai-Lao border

Thai narcotic suppression officers are keeping a close watch on the Thai-Lao border after the Myanmar government launched a major crackdown on drug production and storage sites in its country, the Thai-language daily Thai Rath reported yesterday (7 July 2020).

In an interview with the paper, Mr. Niyom Termsisook, who is secretary-general of the Narcotic Prevention and Suppression Committee, said Thai drug suppression officers have seized more than 22 million methamphetamine pills, 638.5 kilograms of crystal meths and 6.24 tons of marijuana during the past nine months.

According to Mr. Niyom, most of the narcotic drugs were smuggled into the northeastern provinces of Nong Khai, Mukdaharn, Bungkarn and Nakhon Phanom provinces.