BANGKOK POST - August 28th 2010
Thai, US drug agencies ask public to help nab kingpins.
CHIANG RAI : Thai and US drugs agencies have launched a community-based initiative to fight drugs in the region.
Officials from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the US Consul-General in Chiang Mai, Susan Stevenson, yesterday spoke to the media at Wat Phra That Doi Wao in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district to launch "Operation Hot Spot", an anti-drug programme seeking public help in the war against drugs.
NSB commander Adithep Panjamanon said the programme was a community-based approach to encourage the public to give authorities information on individuals involved in drug trafficking, terrorism and money laundering.
Pol Lt Gen Adithep said it aimed to uproot major drugs networks present along the Thai-Burmese border and in other Asian countries.
One of the targets was Wei Hseuh-kang, a Burmese drug baron, who was wanted both in the US and Thailand for drug trafficking.
Under the programme, people are welcome to provide drug-related information around the clock via official website or by telephoning 02-205-4444.
The NSB-DEA joint website also supports the DEA's "Rewards for Information" programme that will give rewards to those who can give information leading to the arrest or conviction of the "wanted traffickers" shown on the website.
The US authorities are offering a reward of up to $2 million (62 million baht) for Wei's arrest.
The NSB chief said members of the public had provided tip-offs regardless of whether they would receive any reward. This means they are willing to help the authorities, the NSB chief said.
He said he was confident that the programme would help boost efforts to clamp down on the illicit drugs trade in this region.
Chiang Rai borders Burma, Laos and has a land link to southern China. It has been used as a transit point for drug trafficking from neighbouring countries into local provinces.
Strange username and first post....
Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.
I assure you, there is nothing strange about my user name let alone post content. "Operation Hot Spot" is a real deal, you can read more about it at Bangkok Post.
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DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION - FAR EAST REGION
Regional Director Statement
For nearly half a century, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Royal Thai Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) have benefited from bilateral drug law enforcement cooperation. The DEA works shoulder-to-shoulder with the Kingdom of Thailand to address the production, manufacture, and trafficking of methamphetamine, heroin, and other illicit drugs throughout Southeast Asia. The DEA, as a partner in the global fight against narcotics trafficking organizations, offers extensive training in successful narcotics law enforcement techniques to Thai law enforcement and regulatory personnel as well as to personnel from several other neighboring countries.Because of the close relationship between the DEA and the NSB and the resulting success this collaboration has engendered, many drug trafficking organizations have altered their trafficking patterns over time in an effort to avoid detection and to corner the market of illicit drug activity. One such organization is the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and its notorious leader, Wei Hsueh Kang. The UWSA has added methamphetamine production to its clandestine inventory of dangerous, illicit drugs in an attempt to generate greater profits and to operate with impunity outside the reach of law enforcement.
The DEA, along with our partners in law enforcement, continuously adjusts our investigative techniques to meet the ever-changing threat. One promising method involves the use of the World Wide Web to solicit information from the public. This website supports the DEA's "Rewards for Information" program that gives communities throughout Asia an avenue to provide law enforcement with information on individuals involved in drug trafficking, terrorism, and money laundering. This program also solicits information concerning major fugitives that are wanted for crimes committed throughout Asia and the United States.
The DEA knows that community involvement at every level is essential to winning the fight against criminal organizations that traffic in illicit drugs which plague our youth and communities. All information obtained through the Rewards for Information program will be investigated by the elite Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU), comprised of the most experienced and qualified officers and agents of the DEA and NSB who are dedicated to making our communities safe and drug-free. The SIU has had numerous successes in the past and will continue to improve its effectiveness by responding to the information provided by concerned citizens through this initiative.
Thomas P. Pasquarello
Far East Region
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Ajarn Forum is very popular site, one of the reasons we decided to post here.
Information provided could only benefit society in general, I'm sure any reasonable person would agree with that.
NSB and DEA offer financial rewards for information regarding drug smuggling/distribution, money laundering and terrorism. Currently, rewards are up to 2 million US Dollars for information leading to arrest of certain groups or individuals.
Johnny, your skepticism is understandable.....many other people feel the same way. There is nothing we can do about it.
Our intention is to inform public about ongoing operation and eventually receive number of useful tips.
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2,000 baht a kilo on the border, why not make a killing.
Fuck that's me nicked then.