Chiang Mai Municipality wants
roads repaired by mid-October
Chiang Mai Waterworks to pressure contractors
Pressure from the municipality being put on the Regional
Waterworks in Chiang Mai to speed up road repairs has reached bursting
point. The five construction companies who excavated the city’s roads to
lay high pressure pipes are now the ones under pressure.
repair underway along roadsides in Chiang Mai is causing many problems for
drivers and pedestrians, and Chiang Mai Municipality is calling upon
Regional Waterworks Officials in Chiang Mai to finish work by mid-October or
face hefty fines.
Poolsawas Worawal, a municipal councilor called for a
meeting with the representatives of Regional Waterworks in Chiang Mai, and
the five contractors, especially those who worked along the city roads,
including Nimmanhaemin Road, Chang Klan Road, and several streets in the
Chiang Mai CBD.
Attendants at the meeting were advised that many people
are finding difficulties in using the roads, which have been dug up for a
long distance. Many people have petitioned the authorities to do something.
Before this meeting, the Regional Waterworks was threatened with a 50
million baht law suit if they do not quickly finish repairing the roads and
laying water pipes.
After the recent round of negotiations, it was found that
Chang Klan Road and Nimmanhaemin Road have no signs of progress. Despite a
‘no-show’ from most of the contractors, the representatives from
regional waterworks guaranteed to speed up the five companies to finish by
the middle of October, or face daily fines till the job is completed.
Strong earthquake rocks Myanmar,
parts of Thailand
By Aye Aye Win
Associated Press Writer
A strong earthquake rocked central Myanmar early Monday,
damaging temples, old buildings and a bridge, but there were no immediate
reports of injuries, officials said.
The magnitude 6.7 quake struck about 350 kilometers (220
miles) north of the capital Yangon about 12:46 a.m., said Tun Lwin, deputy
director of the Yangon Kaba Aye Meteorological Center.
He said no injuries had been reported.
“It is still too early to give the human casualties,”
another government official said on condition of anonymity, without
Three ancient temples and a bridge in the town of
Taungdwindyi, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Yangon, were
damaged, the official said. No further details were given.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake had a
magnitude of 6.5. It said Meiktila, a town of more than 150,000 between
Yangon and the northern city of Mandalay, was closest to the epicenter.
There are few tall buildings in the area.
“I was woken up by the sound of the rattling window
pane and glass bottles on the window shelf,” a Meiktila resident contacted
by telephone said on condition of anonymity.
Residents in the towns of Thaton, 135 kilometers (85
miles) east of Yangon, and Pyiamana, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of the
capital, said they also felt tremors when the quake struck.
“The strong jolt caused cracks in some old
buildings,” a Pyiamana resident said. “Some roof tiles fell down, but
there is no report of any building collapsing or human casualties.”
The temblor was felt as far away as Bangkok, some 850
kilometers (530 miles) away from the quake’s center. Tremors shook some
tall buildings in the Thai capital, and were felt in the northern Thai
provinces of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.
A receptionist at the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel said dozens
of guests rushed out of their rooms when the quake started.
Some office workers at the All Seasons Place building in
downtown Bangkok refused to enter the building after seeing cracks in the
walls, fearing the structure had become unstable from the quake.
“The engineers have made a thorough check and have
confirmed that the impact of the earthquake did not affect the building,”
said Jeeraphat Kamin, assistant manager of the 27-story office building.
Thai police said they began receiving reports about the
trembler just before 1:30 a.m. (1830 GMT Sunday).
Earthquakes of magnitude 6 and higher can cause severe
damage if centered in populated areas.
maps shows the epicenter of last Monday’s earthquake.
Chiang Saen port ready for business
Waiting for Chinese boats to drop them a line
Chiang Sean town is waiting, ready to grow and expand its
economy. The 190 million baht port is finished and local traders are ready
to trade with the four surrounding nations that use the Mekong River
Somwang Rungtrakulchai, Chiang Saen district chief
officer, Chiang Rai said the port will support river transportation among
Thailand, Laos, Burma and South China. Construction of the port is
completely finished and the first berthing test trial was held on September
16. With that successful, the grand opening ceremony will be on October 1,
with the Port Authority of Thailand being the managing office of this port.
Saen Port construction at the site in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai has
been completely finished and is expected to be officially opened on October
1 this year.
The berthing pier is very large and will accommodate
eight Chinese ships of 100-200 tons each at one time. Somwang added that the
Thai government has signed a contract with the Chinese government regarding
fruit and vegetable taxes for export and import. The commerce at the border
should be much better than in the past, he remarked.
2,000 public health officials
fill 700 Year Anniversary Stadium
Developing public health to an international standard
Public health initiatives in Thailand call for public
involvement in healthy exercise, and this was demonstrated at the 700 Year
Anniversary Stadium, with the dancing group “Sai Thip Star Dance”
demonstrating their “body dancing” show. This mass aerobics display
provoked the crowd to join in this very healthy pursuit.
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presided over the
opening ceremony saying that currently, public health is very important
because it is close to the people, and should involve the people. However,
there must be development within the system for the public health policies
to reach an international quality and standard.
If nothing else, the standard of dancing was up to mass
standards, as 2,000 people followed Sai Thip Star Dance!
Nan pushing Doi Phu Sang and Ban Bor Suak Furnace for World Heritage listing
Hope to promote this as tourist attraction
Nan Province is promoting Doi Phu Sang and Ban Bor Suak
Furnace to become registered with the World Heritage Foundation. They also
want to publicize the province as being the only one in the world that has
evidence of the prehistoric Tong Luang tribe or the yellow leaf people.
The Nan Provincial Cultural Office in cooperation with
the 7th Fine Arts Department, and the Office of Natural Resources Policy and
Planning have arranged a seminar to indicate the boundary, protection and
conservation criteria for the ancient historical sites, Doi Phu Sang and Ban
Bor Suak Furnace.
Doi Phu Sang is the discovery site of stone axes dated
from between 4,000-8,000 B.C., while Ban Bor Suak Furnace is an ancient
The yellow leaf tribe live in Nan and on the boundary
between Nan and Phrae provinces, and is the only group of Tong Luang tribes
in the world. Dr. Adul Wichiencharoen, president of the World Heritage
Protection Convention, and his staff have explored both ancient historic
sites to find more information on both places.
Officials hope that if both Doi Phu Sang and Ban Bor Suak
Furnace are accepted by the World Heritage, Nan Province will have a new
tourist attraction and its tourism industry will be rejuvenated.
More dam protests
Phrae people praying
Amornphan Nimmanun, Phrae provincial governor has asked
his people to give full support to the Yom River basin development plan to
solve the province’s water problems, without waiting only for the
construction of the Kaeng Sua Ten Dam.
The Phrae governor said that the Yom River is 837
kilometers long and flows through Phrae provincial areas for a distance of
about 280 kilometers. There are 16 main branches of the Yom River plus
another 26 small river branches. This is the reason why there is so much
water flowing from the Yom River into Sukhothai provinces in the lower
north, and south of Phrae province.
The Yom River basin development plan has been on the
books for more than 2 years, which includes the construction of Kaeng Sua
Ten Dam, which is expected to solve flash flooding problems in the lower
northern region, especially in Sukhothai, one of the hardest hit provinces.
However, on September 22, there was a protest from
villagers from Tambon Sa-ieab in Song District, Phrae along with
conservationist groups from Phayao and Mae Hong Son’s Salween River group
against the government’s proposed construction of the dam.
A protest leader said that the Phrae people just wanted
to express their concerns and that they voiced their full support to the Yom
River basin development plan, except the construction of the dam.
“At the present time, there are still some protests
against the dam, but after talking about the benefits in the future, the
people may understand more about this dam,” said the governor.
Orange orchard chemicals affecting locals
Villagers want compensation
1,000 villagers from Fang, Mae Ai, and Chai Prakan
districts of Chiang Mai submitted a petition to the Prapat Panyachartraks,
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, are asking the
authorities to solve the negative environmental impacts and plights created
by the large orange orchards using chemical sprays.
The protesters were led by a research team and people
from the local Conservation Group of Fang Watershed.
Minister Prapat visited the Ban Nongbua Ngarm village in
Tambon Mae Nawang, Me Ai district to get to know their problems first hand.
Many residents located close to the orange orchards claimed that the toxic
sprays and chemical substances have spread out from the orchards to
The villagers asked him to take action urgently, with
prevention measures to be carried out immediately to cope with the situation
in the three districts that were affected from the chemical sprays. They
also urged him to announce this area to be a “Chemical Free Zone,” this
Following the Environmental Bill in the 9th national
Economic and Social Development Plan, they claimed that a rehabilitation
project and compensation scheme must be worked out, and the announcement to
prohibit chemical substances or toxic chemicals to be used for agricultural
purposes should be made as soon as possible. They also asked for the study
of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and operational plan to be
worked out for a long-term solution.
Minister Prapat told the people that their problems would
be submitted to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to seek resolution of
The large orange orchard owners in those districts have
also been asked to select other alternatives or chemical substances that
would not negatively affect the environment in the village areas, to avoid
producing the health hazard.
New Royal Project in Mae Rim
Crown Prince donates 1,350 rai
Sawasdee Boonchee, Chiang Mai’s director of Land
Development Office, Zone 6, has advised that there will be a plantation
development at Ban Gong Hae village, Mae Rim district which is an initiative
of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.
This royally-initiated plantation development project is
divided into five main areas including government office, royal work
development, agricultural, forestry or the community’s food bank and
forest areas. It has been estimated that a 100 million baht budget must be
set aside for this plantation development.
Director Sawasdee said that the Crown Prince had given
1,350 rai of land located in Gong Hae village to the Agriculture and
Cooperatives Ministry and the officers were assigned to explore and make use
of the land and to also develop the water resources in that area to sustain
the agriculture in the area.
The feasibility studies done by the Department of Land
Development and Irrigation Department will last until January next year.
The development work includes basic infrastructure
development, water resources development and the land and technology
propagation. This will all be done whilst keeping in mind the conservation
and natural management in the Highlands.
Will accompany deputy PM to the zoo
Chuang-Chuang and Lin Hui, the male and female pandas
which are being sent to Thailand as Chinese goodwill ambassadors will arrive
at Chiang Mai airport accompanied by Gen. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, the deputy
prime minister around 5.25 p.m. on October 12, according to Chiang Mai
Member of Parliament Boonsong Teriyaphiro.
Thai Airways International will be carrying the pandas to
Chiang Mai International Airport, where after immigration formalities and
visas they will travel by truck to the zoo. The welcoming route will be
through the Boon Ruangrit and Huay Kaew roads to allow well-wishers to
welcome the new arrivals and the deputy prime ministerial party.
A grand welcoming ceremony for the two pandas will be
held at the zoo, but this will be kept short as the pandas are likely to be
tired and stressed. They will be given the keys to their new and very
expensive panda house, and Channel 11 will be broadcasting a live telecast
of Chuang-Chuang carrying Lin Hui over the threshold.
Lamphun garbage is revolting the province
Recycling project generating electric power.
Energy Minister Dr Prommin Lertsuridet announced his
department is ready to support local administration organizations in helping
He met with the heads of the government offices last week
explaining energy policies. He focused on the fact that Lamphun, which is a
center with industrial factories, uses an enormous amount of power each
year. This is used to produce products for export and the increasing power
costs help push up the price of our exports.
minister of energy proposed in Lamphun last week to use garbage like this to
generate electric power.
This recycling plan, he said, will be the way to prevent
and to solve the power problems. The government will use every kind of
energy source, especially biomass energy such as rice straw, which the
farmers can provide.
He also added that the Ministry of Energy is ready to
support and provide a budget to the local administration organizations in
recycling garbage to produce electricity.
Car-Free Days called for in Chiang Mai
‘On yer bike’ and reduce pollution
Boonlert Buranupakorn, mayor of Chiang Mai
Municipality, was behind the city in promoting the Car-Free Day project last
weekend. The primary objective is to persuade motorists to leave their cars
at home and take the bus, or pedal their bikes. This would reduce congestion
on the roads and significantly reduce pollution.
To advise the public on the advisability of this pursuit,
there was an exhibition at Thapae Gate grounds, complete with guides with
information for groups or the family of the cyclists.
The emphasis towards using bicycles, rather than cars,
was also discussed, with this being a healthy pursuit, as well as
Further Car-Free Days and activities are planned for the
Mobile phones a problem in schools
ET, phone home(work)
Veerayuth Chongsathaporn, the director of Yuparaj School,
has asked for cooperation from students’ parents, saying that teachers are
very worried about the use of mobile phones in the classrooms.
Apart from distracting other students with ringing
telephones, teachers have overheard students making ‘dates’ and
arranging for drug drops, he said.
In an attempt to solve this problem, rules were brought
in to prohibit using mobile phones in school and mobile phones are not
allowed to be brought into the classrooms. To allow communication with the
outside world, 10 public phone booths were delivered to the campus to give
services inside school. However, the rules are being broken by students,
with over half the students bringing their phones to school, but concealing
“Urgent aid and cooperation from parents are needed to
solve this problem before the situation becomes unmanageable,” said
Chiang Mai traffic seminar gets agreement on one major issue
We have a problem! Better public transportation needed
Participants at the Chiang Mai seminar on the city’s
road traffic voiced their concern over the need for a better public
transportation system to alleviate traffic congestion.
The seminar was jointly organized by the Nation Group and
Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel, with 200 people
attending. The number of recommendations almost equaled the number of
registrants, with people in favor of bicycles, mass transit systems,
overhead railways, underground trains, electric trams and air-con busses,
every mode of transport other than personal gyrocopters.
public transportation is needed to help alleviate traffic congestion in
The development of public transportation systems were
immediately subject of protest by the local conservationist groups, as well
as other interest groups so that bringing in anything new would be bringing
in difficulties for the government to solve.
It was agreed that Chiang Mai, being pushed by the
government as being the ‘hub’ for the northern region, would not see the
traffic problems abate, but rather we can expect them to get worse. Chiang
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat said that Chiang Mai is being pushed forward as
the hub of the Indo-China region, for trade, investment and just about
everything else. “The city traffic chaos, driving rules and regulations,
road accidents and pollution need to be tackled urgently, with a master plan
for the Chiang Mai traffic and transport control center,” he added.
Suwat said that in the near future, Chiang Mai must some
have electric transportation, linking with neighboring provinces, like
Lamphun and countries along the Mekong River basin, such as Laos, Burma and
Dr Prommintra Lertsuriyadej, Minister of Energy, said the
public transportation system must cope with traffic congestion in the city
as an urgent situation. The electric trams could help relieve the traffic
jams, he suggested.
Kamrobluk Surassawadee, the director of the Office of
Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning also suggested that a “master
plan” for the Chiang Mai City traffic flow should be brought into
Chiang Mai mayor, Boonlert Buranupakorn, said about
200,000 vehicles, both motor car and motorcycles, flow daily into the Chiang
Mai municipal area. “The traffic rules and regulations really need to be
strict to cope with reckless drivers,” he offered. He also said that
enforcement of traffic regulations was haphazard, but added that he was in
favor of mass transportation systems to fix the problem. He suggested that
the electric tram, which was looked at in terms of low investment cost,
could be the alternative for the public going around the Chiang Mai City
moats, Chiangmai Airport, Chiang Mai University and other important places.
“The perfect public mass transit system could really help reduce the
number of vehicles traveling into the municipal area, and the city heart and
center. However, cooperation from both public and private sectors would also
help relieve the traffic plight, especially on the busy Charoen Prathet
Road,” he said.
At present, Chiang Mai Municipality’s bus service
carries 300 passengers daily as a public service during the morning and
evening rush hours and will help relieve the traffic congestion along that
road, said the mayor. Interestingly, nobody suggested we need more red
Mae Sai border tax collection
the highest in past 10 years
The border trading at the Mae Sai district town in Chiang
Rai, the northernmost province, has become vivacious and lively with Mae Sai
Customs collecting more fees from taxation and regulations than they have in
the past 10 years. Up till August, more than 3.3 million baht was collected,
and it is predicted to continue to improve.
Patchara Sinsawas, the chief of the Mae Sai Customs
Office said one reason the taxation fees collected this year at Mae Sai
Customs check-point were the highest ever is through good cooperation from
the officials, Thai and Burmese traders, as well as the Mae Sai people in
the local areas. Another reason is that the anti-money laundering law has
been applied to people who avoid taxes.
He added that the increased revenue is a good sign for
the border businesses dealing with Burma. The Mae Sai Customs Chief said
that the bilateral trade between the two countries is expected to
continuously pick up at Mae Sai which is the trade gateway linking with
neighboring countries like Burma and South China with good road
Mae Hong Son’s governor welcoming CEO role
Wants to see trade relations normalized with Burma
Supoj Laowansiri, Mae Hong Son provincial governor is
busy preparing for the newly-introduced roles of a CEO governor in this
border province of the north. One project for him is the re-opening of
border trade with Burma. If the Burmese traders do the right thing, rather
than illegal trafficking and business as before, they will be welcomed, he
The Mae Hong Son governor said that many minority groups
both inside Burma and on the Thai-Burmese borderlines have changed their
trading and behavior from drug trafficking to legal trade with Thais in the
local areas. “It is a good sign that the Burmese traders have changed
their attitudes to do business correctly. Mae Hong Son will welcome the
border interactions,” he added.
He spoke after assigning the policy and planning of this
provincial development, following the government’s bureaucracy reform on
the CEO (Chief of Executive Officers) governance system and to be introduced
to his provincial officials. Effective from October 1, the role of the
governor will focus on more as a CEO to work with high efficiency and speed.
One of the most important aspects that Governor Supoj
would like to stress is to open bilateral trade across the border the
between Thailand and Burma through the border pass at Ban Huay Pueng, Tambon
Huay Pha, Muang District, which is opposite Burma’s Shan state - but
without any drug trafficking concerns at the border.
Pha Muang Task Force applying pressure at the border
Planning to root out the remaining drug networks in the country
The Royal Thai Army’s Pha Muang task force, which has
been responsible for curbing drug trafficking along the border villages in
the North, is planning to root out the remaining drug networks in the
country, according to Maj Gen Manas Paorik, commander of the Pha Muang task
Thai and Burmese high-ranking officials recently met in Chiang Mai to
discuss drug control measures and suppression operations along Thai-Burmese
The Pha Muang task force special units were recently
assigned to search over 50 targeted villages along Thai-Burmese border from
Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai to Mae Fah Luang district of Chiang Rai.
Drugs are still being smuggled into the country as “the
ant-like troop” is attempting to bring in hundreds of thousands of
methamphetamine pills from the south of Muang Yawn inside Burma, plus new
outlets, under the strict control of Burma’s ethnic United Wa State Army,
the commander pointed out.
Pha Muang task force sees a worsening border situation,
due to the internal and external factors requiring the troops to uphold
strict measures to suppress the drug trade in this region, particularly in
the Chinese Haw villages or villages of former Kuomintang soldiers.
“At present, the Burma’s United Wa State Army is
reportedly in trouble with a shortage of military strength while its
citizens have become addicted to methamphetamines. The state has been
seeking aids assistance from Thailand for the rehabilitation programs as
well as plans to strengthen its community,” the commander said.
Assassins hired to kill Chiang Mai senator’s brother apprehended
Victim’s partner indicated as handing out contract
A police team from Chiang Mai, led by Pol. Maj. Gen. Kasem
Rattanasoontorn, reported the arrest of Ong-ard and Damrong Duangdee at
their home, both residents of Tambon Tabchang, Soidao District, Chantaburi
Province. They were charged with shooting Payoongsak Yodbangtoey last month
and were brought for further questioning and re-enactment of the crime,
which took place in front of Pingkarat Kindergarten.
The victim, who was shot but survived, is Payoongsak
Yodbangtoey, the younger brother of Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, the senator
for Chiang Mai.
The men both confessed that they were hired by Sia Naen,
aka Chatchawan Srinoi, a partner in Payoongsak’s oil trading business. A
fee of 50,000 baht to kill Payoongsak was offered. Following investigation,
police assume that the crime was the result of a business conflict caused by
a 1 million baht shortfall in trading figures. There was other business
deals involved that covered around 3 million baht.
The two gunmen were also brought to ask for forgiveness
from Payoongsak by humbly apologizing for their deeds. However, Payoongsak
stated he wanted the police to carry out their duty and make further
investigation. It is believed that there are more people than just the
Chantaburi pair involved in the situation.
Burmese hurting following US boycott
Food shortage problems in Tachilek
A report from the internal security command in Mae Sai
district, Chiang Rai, said that following America’s boycott of Myanmar,
many people in Tachilek, the Burmese border province, opposite Mae Sai town,
Chiang Rai, did not have enough to eat.
As seen from the Kyat currency, which exchange rate is
now 100 kyat to 3 Thai baht, this has pushed up the price of all goods,
including food staples. The report also said that the economic problem seems
to be on the increase and the Wa minority groups are in an even more dire
Thai internal security command was worried about the
problems that were coming from this, including vehicle theft, illegal
immigrants and drugs. The feeling was that the government should find a way
to protect the border and solve these problems because there are only 20
officers working at the border area between Mae Sai and Chiang Sean
More drug arrests as the house
of cards comes down
The game is now ‘Point the Finger’
A police investigation team has arrested several drug
dealers networking in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provincial areas. Pol Col
Dinai Boonruang, the superintendent for police investigation led his team to
put pressure on seven targeted areas in Tambon Yang Mern, in Samoeng
District, Chiang Mai.
One dealer caught in the police net, with a haul of 2000
methamphetamine pills, was Somboon Itti-ajaree, a major drug dealer and the
father of Arnon (AKA Yekater), another prominent drug figure. Police also
found a .38 mm pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition.
The same police investigation team raided and arrested
another major drug dealer in Pai District, Mae Hong Son where Arnon (Yekater)
and his wife Mateeya Itti-ajaree were caught with an amount of raw opium.
With more finger pointing by the dealers, the police
captured two more drug suspects Vihok and Sirichai Thainiyomjinda with a
haul of 4,000 ya ba pills at Pai District, Mae Hong Son Province.
Man suspected of arranging murder attempt
of Chiang Mai senator’s younger brother on the run
Police say they’re not far behind
Search warrants have been issued to look for criminal
evidence linking Chatchawan Srinoi, implicated of hiring assassins to kill
Payoonsak Yodbangtoey, the brother of Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, senator
for Chiang Mai.
The two gunmen were arrested earlier in Chantaburi and
confessed that they were hired by Chatchawan to shoot Payoongsak for 50,000
Police raided four locations, with the first being the
Pipat Petroleum Limited Partnership located on Toong Lor Road, Muang
District; Chiang Mai, which is Chatchawan’s gas station. Police
confiscated a Volvo car that Chatchawan had used to point out the victim to
Location 2 was a house at SR Land Village, Tombon San Na
Meng, San Sai District, which also belonged to Chatchawan; however, no
evidence was found.
Busy police then descended on a room at Ing Doi Place,
Tambon Pa Daed, owned by Chatchawan’s girlfriend, Pattarinnakarn Jariya.
The motorcycle used by the two assassins was found there.
Finally, the police searched a house at Sritawee Mansion
in Tambon Watkate, Muang District, owned by Achirakarn Chaiyawut, a friend
of Chatchawan who was also brought to be interrogated as a witness, because
before the crime took place he went out to practice pistol shooting with
Chatchawan and his girlfriend.
At the time of going to press, Chatchawan and his
girlfriend both appear to have already disappeared but police are sure they
will find Chatchawan.
AMLO seizes 2.5 billion baht in assets
95% from drug revenues
The secretary-general of Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO)
said that confiscation of assets from convicted drug dealers would be
carried on. So far, AMLO has seized properties and assets worth more than
2.5 billion baht.
Pol Maj Gen Peeraphan Premputi, the secretary general of
AMLO, spoke in Lampang, after handing over a seized Thai style house to
Lampang provincial authorities, which had been owned by a Lampang Provincial
Council member who had become involved with drugs.
Seized properties of 15 drug-related cases, worth about
600 million baht have been judged by the courts, while the remaining 120
cases worth about 2 billion baht were sub judice, he said.
Despite the seizure of property, high-ranking police at
the Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 said that Mae Hong Son Province is
still where the largest hideouts of drugs were found after being smuggled
through the border.
Drug ringleader fingered by ex-employee
20 million baht confiscated
A number of properties have been seized in Chiang Mai
worth more than 20 million baht, according to the Provincial Police Bureau,
Region 5. The confiscated properties belonged to a member of the Wei Hsueh-Kang
drug network in Chiang Mai City.
Anusorn Santivimoldee, aka Somnuek Tayae, a resident in
Tambon Mae Hia, Muang, Chiang Mai was charged with drug trafficking in
Chiang Mai, while his properties including two houses, personal assets, a
car, and a 100 rai orange orchard in Fang District with a total estimated
value of more than 20 million baht are now under control of the police.
police recently arrested another drug suspect and confiscated a haul of
methamphetamine pills in a northern region raid.
Anusorn is a native Karen, a former employee of a
crop-transportation company in Muang Mai market and a truck driver, who
later became a drug broker to distribute drugs from Laota Saenlee’s
Chinese Haw drug network and Wei Hsueh-Kang’s network, delivering to the
central region including Bangkok.
Anusorn was arrested after Athit Wanta was found in Mae
Rim district, Chiang Mai with a huge quantity of amphetamines in his
possession. He immediately indicated that Anusorn was the real drug figure.