The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has assisted the Thai Government in taking down a nationwide drug trafficking unit with operations worth more than 3 billion baht.
The operation targeted five separate networks involved in drug trafficking and money laundering across the Thai-Myanmar border.
A total of 15 suspects were arrested in various locations around Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Pathum Thani, Chiang Mai, Tak, Saraburi, Chachoengsao, Nonthaburi, and Songkla. Assets worth more than 72 million baht were seized during the raids.
The operation was assisted by the US DEA’s Sensitive Investigative United in Chiang Mai that consists of a combined force from the Royal Thai Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB, and the Provincial Police Narcotics Suppression Unit (PPNSU).
The successful partnership between American and Thai law enforcement units prompted praise from the US Ambassador, Michael George DeSombre. He said:
“We have been friends, partners, and allies with Thailand in this fight against drug trafficking for many decades. First with the opening of our DEA Bangkok office in 1963, then with our DEA Chiang Mai office in 1971. We will continue this U.S.-Thai security and law enforcement cooperation for many more decades to come.”
Source: US Embassy Chiang Mai