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Ubon cops to be probed over drug suspicion
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:58:55 AM »
Ubon cops to be probed over drug suspicion

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has ordered an inquiry into allegations that almost a third of police officers at a station in Ubon Ratchathani had ties to the drug trade.

Residents alleged that about 30% of police officers attached to a station in Khemarat district of the northeastern province were connected to the illicit drug trade, said Mr Chalerm, who oversees the government's drug policy.

Mr Chalerm did not name the police station in question. He said he has ordered Provincial Police Region 3 to launch the probe.

Any officers found to have been involved will face drastic action and be immediately expelled from the service, he said.

Mr Chalerm heard the complaints during his trip to Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday where he relayed his policy on drug suppression to provincial governors, senior police and local leaders in eight lower northeastern provinces.

He said he was confident drug abuse would be sharply reduced after the government declared a "war on drugs" a national policy.

The government would offer incentives, including promotions, to police who seriously cracked down on drugs, said Mr Chalerm.

He blamed the previous government for not being as vigilant as past Pheu Thai-affiliated administrations had. That resulted in such rampant trafficking that the government has had to go back to square one in the drug fight, he said.

Bangkok Post