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Drug trade rampant; more complex smuggling on rise
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:03:03 PM »
BANGKOK: -- Illicit drugs continue to flow into an expanding user base during the past nine months; major drug dealers are still active and using more complicated and sophisticated smuggling procedures, according to the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

The ONCB said the overall picture of the drug situation from October 1 last year to June 30 was worrisome as the trade and spread of narcotics has intensified, with methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine among the top drugs on the market.

Thailand's major drug syndicates are still active with more varied smuggling procedures and increased ability to avoid crackdowns by the authorities.

Meanwhile, the production bases for meth, ice and heroin production located mainly in minority groups areas in the neighbouring countries and their capacity to produce illicit drugs seems unlimited.

In Thailand, after the government announced the war against illicit drugs from 2003-2010, the production bases of meth pills disappeared, but reemerged in 2011.

As for cross border smuggling, the number of cases and smugglers arrested were declining, but the volume of drugs was increasing.

The meth pills were increasing 57.91 per cent and ice 22.72 per cent.

Thailand's northern border provinces were the major target for crossborder smuggling for 96.4 per cent of drugs that were carried into the country.

The traders who played a major role in drug trading were inmates in prisons, former traders who returned into the business, and youth groups familiar with using information technology and government officials.
(MCOT online news)
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