More than 200,000 drug suspects were arrested and huge caches of narcotics seized, including 127 million methamphetamine pills, during state-led drug operations in the first nine months of fiscal 2017, authorities said yesterday.
The numbers were compiled by a panel appointed to follow the progress of drug suppression and prevention measures carried out between Oct 1, 2016 and June 30, according to deputy permanent interior secretary Prayun Rattanaseni, who yesterday chaired the panel’s meeting at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board.
In more than 180,000 cases, 204,000 people stand accused of committing drug-related offences, the meeting was told.
Authorities also confiscated 127 million speed pills, 3.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine, eight tonnes of marijuana and 300kg of heroin. The officers seized or froze suspects’ assets worth over 1.1 billion baht, officials said.
As for drug prevention, authorities encouraged high-school students to take part in activities aimed at making them more vigilant about drug problems. This corresponds with a state initiative to view many drug addicts as patients rather than criminals or dealers. – Bangkok Post
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