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Ugandan King visits Chiang Mai and admires royal projects

German sentenced to death for murder

Thai and Singapore PMs meet and discuss development

School bus safety training

Deputy mayor despairs deterioration in Lanna culture

42,000 alien workers seeking work permits in Chiang Mai

Mae Hong Son expects tourists will continue to visit

Chiang Mai municipality to improve abattoirs

A seven month old serow has a hernia operation at Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai mass transport system to go into service, perhaps in October?

Merchants at Night Bazaar claim government has not helped them

Government should limit orchards and buildings along Mae Ping River to avoid future floods

Car burns on Huay Kaew Road at midnight

An offender steals police vehicle and 10,000 baht

Special number plates available in September

Long Neck Karen to be repatriated because of alleged exploitation in Thailand

Agents defraud workers of 15 million baht

Two youngsters arrested with 2,000 ya ba pills

Criminal lady slips up by visiting Chang Puek Police Station

University student admits to brutal murder

Two men arrested on the way to a drug drop

Police nab pirate selling Tom Yum Goong movie

Chinese Haw tribesmen open a drug den

Forensics prove two foreigners died of an overdose of drugs

Ugandan King visits Chiang Mai and admires royal projects

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Kubaga of Buganda HM Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (the king) visited Thailand privately for the first time August 25 to September 5. The King visited his friend, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in Bangkok, whom he had not met for more than 40 years. Both studied in England in 1966.

The king then visited the Royal Chitralada Project, Bangsai Arts and Crafts Training Center in Ayuthaya, Phra Kaew Temple in Bangkok and Saraburi. Later, the king visited Chiang Mai on September 2-4 and was welcomed by Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor at the airport and taken to the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.

This visit was made because recently the Thai government organized a Thailand Distribution Center in Uganda and they gave the king the idea to visit Thailand and his old friend. The visit was arranged by James Mulwana, honorable consul of Thailand in Uganda and Boonjaroen Manoburachailert, MD of C.C.S. Advance Tech Co., Ltd., a Thai businessman in Uganda.

Having arrived Chiang Mai, the king and his retinue visited Phra Thad Doi Suthep Temple and Doi Inthanon Royal Initiative Project, where the temperature was similar to Uganda the whole year (20 degrees Celsius). The Ugandan king admired the Thai king’s accomplishments, especially the royal project to improve highland agriculture and other developments, not only planting technique, but supporting markets and packaging that brought sufficient income for the people.

The Kubaga also visited Huay Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Center in Doi Saket, Chiang Mai. He commented that Thai’s forest revival management was impressive because of an appropriate planting system that resulted in boundary forests. He said that some knowledge learned from Thailand could be applied in Uganda to improve agriculture and forests and he was well pleased with this visit. The king also said he appreciated the hospitality of Thai citizens and government.


German sentenced to death for murder

Nopniwat Krailerg

Gordon Adrian Koschwitz, 34, a German living in Chiang Mai for five years, was arrested and charged with killing Raphael Bauman, 33, his Swiss friend who lived in San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai. He was remanded in prison, but claimed he was not guilty.

Gordon Adrian Koschwitz, 34, charged with murder. (File photo Chiangmai Mail)

However, on August 31 he was sentenced to death by the Chiang Mai Provincial Court. The prosecuting attorney presented documents and proof from the Forensic Medicine Institute, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, indicating that the offender had used a blunt instrument to beat his friend to death.

The defendant’s denial of guilt was insufficient to sway the court and he was given the death penalty. However, he has the right to appeal to the Appeals Court within 30 days. Meanwhile, he has taken up residence at Chiang Mai Central Prison.


Thai and Singapore PMs meet and discuss development

Saksit Meesubkwang

The third Thailand-Singapore Prime Ministerial Retreat was held in Chiang Mai September 2-3 between PM Thaksin Shinawatra and Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s PM. The ministers of commerce of both countries and other concerned officers also attended.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, shakes hand with his Thai counterpart Thaksin Shinawatra during a meeting in Chiang Mai. (AP Photo/Wichai Trapew)

Under discussion was the Regional Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia-ReCAAP. Both countries’ ministers of foreign affairs had previously signed an agreement to cooperate on ReCAAP with Singapore as the depositary state.

An information sharing center in Singapore would be a bridge to exchange and share information between both countries. In this way, Asian forces would be used to suppress piracy and both countries would participate in extraditing criminals.

The ReCAAP agreement was signed on February 28, 2005. At present, Singapore, Japan and Laos have a ratified the contract, Cambodia has already signed but has necessary processes to fulfill, while Malaysia is considering it.

After the meeting, PM Thaksin Shinawatra said that both countries had discussed and agreed on one-use visas; educational technology, in which Singapore was in advance of Thailand; both countries would encourage investors to purchase stock through their respective stock markets; and public health cooperation to set up a central vaccine store to deal with bird flu disease.

The ministers of transport consulted about transit network system development and logistics in this region. It was agreed that Thailand could learn transportation system management from Singapore, whose management system is effective. As Thailand is an entrep๔t for the distribution of goods and products to other countries in the region, Thailand and Singapore would cooperate to develop a transport system.


School bus safety training

Saksit Meesubkwang

Chiang Mai Provincial Transport Office headed by Autsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, head of Chiang Mai Provincial Transport Office trains administrators of education institutes throughout Chiang Mai.

The Chiang Mai Provincial Transport Office has organized training for school administrators in Chiang Mai to save energy and reduce traffic jams. Each school bus will be forced to install two lights on the roof and turn them on at all times students are in the vehicle, as a safety procedure.

Advice on traffic rules and manners to school bus drivers was given. Each trainee would receive a certificate and the know-how to drive safely on the road.


Deputy mayor despairs deterioration in Lanna culture

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor Pornchai Jitnavasathien believes that the lifestyle of the people of Chiang Mai is deteriorating due to the growing economy and new technology, causing them to neglect the Lanna lifestyle.

“To revive and conserve Buddhism, Chiang Mai municipality is to organize an activity to present breakfast for monks every morning from 6-7 a.m. at the Three Kings’ Monument courtyard. This program will start on September 16 and the municipality invites merchants to sell food at reasonable prices in the area to make it convenient for those presenting food for merit and safe for monks.”


42,000 alien workers seeking work permits in Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

Orachorn Ratanamanee, head of Chiang Mai Employment Office disclosed that after Ministry of Labor had extended the time to apply for work permits to August 31, only 42,000 alien workers applied, which was less than the previous year when the number was 48,000.

After September 1, alien workers who did not have work permits had to leave the kingdom and all concerned authorities such as soldiers, immigration police, area police and administrative officers would check and arrest illegal alien workers.

The Chiang Mai Employment Office warned all employers hiring alien workers who did not hold work permits that they risked prosecution.


Mae Hong Son expects tourists will continue to visit

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Wisoot Buachoom, head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mae Hong Son province, said that even though the tourism business was affected by the recent flooding, mountain torrents and mudslides, these did not endanger tourists and it was believed that Pai district would still attract visitors in the high season from November on.

“Mae Hong Son is to open a tourism festival in November at the time the Mexican Sunflowers bloom at Doi Mae Oo Kho in Khun Yuam. Mae Hong Son will cooperate with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to link the Mexican Sunflower festival of Mae Hong Song to the Loy Krathong festival of Tak as an attraction for tourists,” he said.

The route starts in Tak from Mae Sod, Mae Ramad passing Moei River to Tha Song Yang in Tak to Sop Moei, Mae Sariang and Khun Yuam to Doi Mae Oo Kho in Mae Hong Son to see around 500 rai of Mexican Sunflowers.


Chiang Mai municipality to improve abattoirs

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor Wipawan Woraputipong

The Department of Local Administration has selected Chiang Mai and Udon Thani municipalities to be pilot municipalities to improve the standard of their abattoirs. A 2006 budget of 380 million baht per each will be set aside for this.

Chiang Mai municipality will supply 20% of the budget and the remainder will come from the Department of Local Administration.

Wipawan Woraputipong, deputy mayor of Chiang Mai said there are 200 abattoirs throughout the country and 90% of them are not up to standard. The abattoir improvement plan was to assure consumers, especially pork consumers, that the 800 pigs slaughtered daily in the municipality abattoirs were safe.

Wipawan Woraputipong, who is responsible for public health, revealed that public health problems, especially contagious diseases from animals to humans need to be urgently solved and the government is promoting a Thai policy, “Thai kitchen to world kitchen” and “Healthy Thailand”. Therefore every kind of food production has to pass GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice).

It has been discovered that 50% of the pork sold in the municipality area is not processed in official abattoirs. The municipality would cooperate with police to suppress the sources of uncontrolled pork.

In future the municipality would allow the private sector to bid for these abattoirs to provide revenue for the municipality, as private organizations tended to be more efficient than government controlled operations. Pig excrement would also be treated to use the gas recovered.


A seven month old serow has a hernia operation at Chiang Mai Zoo

Nopniwat Krailerg

A Chiang Mai Zoo veterinarian team operated on a serow (Naemorhedus sumatraensis) named Mon, aged seven months which had a hernia afflicting its left testicle that began to swell. Ten experts attended the operation, which took two hours. A serow is similar to a goat with a short body and long legs.

Vet. Somchai Chotapisitkul, head of Chiang Mai Zoo veterinarians said that the condition may be caused by heredity. This was first time the operation was conducted at Chiang Mai Zoo and the animal survived and is now healthy.

It will be allowed to recuperate for two weeks before being released back to its companions and, hopefully, one day to service the dams of its herd.


Chiang Mai mass transport system to go into service, perhaps in October?

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai municipality buses that have been parked at the office for three months will make their debut on October 1.

Chiangmai Mail has been reporting on the long awaited mass transport system for which Chiang Mai citizens have been clamouring. It was believed that the planned service had come to fruition recently, when Chiang Mai municipality purchased 26 air conditioned buses for 62 million baht, but these have been parked for almost three months while the Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives, who represent the red mini buses, resisted their introduction.

Releasing the municipality buses has been postponed several times; nevertheless, Pornchai Jitnavasathien, deputy mayor of Chiang Mai revealed to Chiangmai Mail on August 30 that a formal bus service would definitely start on October 1, 2005 and all staff is ready.

In the meantime, Singhkham Nunti, the president of the Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives said that the cooperatives were satisfied with the agreement to allow 100 red mini buses to run on two routes. These red mini buses would have a sticker at the front showing they were vehicles running on permanent routes but could run on any other routes after 9 p.m.

After so many broken promises, it is unlikely there will be people standing queuing on October 1.


Merchants at Night Bazaar claim government has not helped them

Saksit Meesubkwang

Discounted goods: “Flood Sale, 20 percent off”.

On September 1, Sitthichai Techajongjintanakarn, managing director of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Co., Ltd. and 200 merchants from the Night Bazaar gathered to complain about the floods of August 14 - 16.

Sitthichai said that many merchants at the Night Bazaar had their stock destroyed but the government did not offer any help, even though the vendors pay several hundred thousand baht a year in taxes. He added that the goods were valued at almost 100 million baht, especially goods stored underground, most of which were wood carvings, silk, pictures and handicrafts, all hand made.

Sitthichai Techajongjintanakarn (right), managing director of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Co., Ltd. and Monchai Satapornchaipanit at the press conference concerning flood damage.

These flood damaged products are now offered at special prices that will continue up till September 15. They are in good shape but just have some stains. 20 - 90 percent discount is being offered to clear out old stock.

Merchants also complained about municipal vehicles driving on flooded roads and damaging the sandbag levees holding back the water from underground storage areas, but Chiang Mai Municipality denied having any of its vehicles in the area on those days.


Government should limit orchards and buildings along Mae Ping River to avoid future floods

Saksit Meesubkwang

Nikhom Phutta, coordinator of Wildlife Fund Thailand.

The coordinating committees of Northern NGOs in association with the Wildlife Fund of Thailand (under the Royal Patronage of HM the Queen) held a press conference on “What we could learn from flooding in Chiang Mai” to analyze the cause of flooding in the north, affects and method of resolving the problems.

Nikhom Phutta, coordinator of the Wildlife Fund Thailand said that the volume of rain was 200.3 millimeters, which quickly flowed from several river basins causing flooding in Chiang Mai and the north.

Government organizations concerned should solve flooding at the river source by limiting agri-business orchards, and buildings along riversides should be removed even if the owners are government officials or politicians, without any exception.

Recently, around 200 villagers in Muang and Saraphi districts, Chiang Mai who used the waters of Payakham Dam gathered to show their disagreement with the PM’s plan to remove the dam from the Mae Ping River. The PM claimed it was obstructing the river and causing floods in Chiang Mai and would construct other dams instead.

Somboon Boonchu, vice president of Payakham Dam users said that it was around three meters lower than the river level and not the cause of flooding. This dam distributed water to farms over almost 40,000 rai during drought periods, so many did not agree with its replacement by mobile dams. Moreover, residents were not notified about the process and only learned about the plan recently when equipment from the department concerned arrived to remove the dam. This incensed them and made them more determined to resist.

Meanwhile the president said that the real reason for removing this dam was to adjust the flow of the Mae Ping River to be convenient for boating and light and sound shows in the middle of the river to support tourism attractions at Wiang Kum Kam. It was such kinds of blatant support for profiteers and politicians that made citizens aware of the real motives of the present government.


Car burns on Huay Kaew Road at midnight

Nopniwat Krailerg

The burning car photographed from a nearby condominium (photo courtesy of John Moore)

A car exploded in front of a commercial college on Huay Kaew Rd. at Tambon Chang Puek in Muang, Chiang Mai, and it took 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

The car was a black Nissan Cefiro and it seemed to have been modified.

Thanapon Lerdrasameethad, 20, living in Pasang, Lamphun, the student who owned the car, said that he was driving to a house on Huay Kaew Rd. when it suddenly stopped. He stepped on the clutch for a while and the car started again. He continued driving for a minute but heard an explosion and saw fire at back of the car. He leapt out of the vehicle and informed the police.

Thanapon said that this car had just been modified with new 2,500 cc. engine and other new equipment only two days previously.

Following drivers said they saw oil stains along the road before the incident and it was concluded that the modifications were the cause. The damage was estimated at 300,000 baht.


An offender steals police vehicle and 10,000 baht

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chondan Khamtarn, left alone in a policeman’s car whilst the cop went to arrest someone else, made his getaway in the officer’s car, leaving a fair share of egg on the arresting officer’s face.

Investigation police of Chang Puek Police Station tempted to purchase drugs from a drug dealer called Chondan Khamtarn, 21, a Chiang Rai resident living in a View Doi residence at Tambon Chang Puek in Muang, Chiang Mai on September 1. The officers discovered 10 ya ba pills and at that time a call came from a client asking Chondan to sell drugs to him - so the officers planned to arrest that client also.

When the police left their vehicle to arrest the client, Thaweepan Eaksuwan, in front of a bank opposite Lanna Golf course, Chondan, who had foolishly been left in the vehicle alone, took advantage of the resulting fracas and drove off in the police car, along with 10,000 baht and a cell phone left in the vehicle. The officers raced after him, but it not being a movie, could not catch up so they had to be satisfied with the 10 ya ba pills that were found on Thaweepan.

Later, Pol. Col. Chamnan Ruadreuw, deputy commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police assigned officers to urgently pursue Chondan. Not long after that, Chondan kindly called to inform the police he had left the vehicle at Baan Mae Takrai Village in Doi Saket.

On September 5, Chondan was arrested at his house in Chiang Rai and he confessed that he had fled to a forest for two days before returning to Chiang Rai. He claimed that he had not taken the 10,000 baht left in the vehicle.

Pol. Col. Chamnan said that allowing Chondan to flee in the police car was the officer’s mistake and has now warned others to be less careless of vehicles and prisoners entrusted to their care.


Special number plates available in September

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Provincial Transport Office is to organize a tender system for license plates on September 26-27 at the Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai.

A tender submitted for Kor Yor license plates that was organized previously brought in revenue of over 22 million baht for a road safety promotion. Revenue received from license plate tenders throughout the country in June 2005 stood at 684 million baht.

It is thought that license plates in groups of like or consecutive numbers imply wealth and advancement.


Long Neck Karen to be repatriated because of alleged exploitation in Thailand

Mae Hong Son governor denies claims

Saksit Meesubkwang

Maka, president of the Assembly of Ladies of Kaya State, Burma revealed that Karen Kaya (Red Star Troops) who lived in Kaya State, an autonomous region of Burma, were given a budget to rebuild their city and would find a method to repatriate 500 long neck Karen tribesmen from Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Baan Huay Due, on the way to long neck Karen tribesmen’s village in Mae Hong Son.

The Assembly of Ladies of Kaya State took this action after receiving a petition from long neck Karen in Thailand claiming that they were being taken advantage of by tour agents and businessmen who presented them to foreign tourists and, by this process, the exploiters could earn 3-5 million baht each month. There were between five to eight tour agents taking visitors to see long neck Karen but each family received only 3,000 baht per month.

Maka added that these people lived in a limited area and could, therefore, live only in small huts. Consequently, the Assembly of Ladies of Kaya State would find methods to return all these people from Baan Seu Tao and Baan Nam Piang Din in Mae Hong Son and some more in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai back to their hometown in Burma to live, as there was sufficient public water, electricity and other amenities.

Sirion Rangsiritanon, manager of Mae Hong Son TN Tour Company agreed that it would be good for the long neck Karen to return to Burma to live in their hometown. These people had initially lived at Baan Pha Hom Nam, on the Burmese side but later moved to Mae Hong Son because of battles along the border and later spread into several areas.

A representative of long neck Karen said that they wanted to go back to Burma because they wished to live according to their lifestyle and work to earn their living and not be put on show for curious, oddity seeking tourists. He said that they wore copper rings on their necks not for amazing tourists but because it was their tradition that had been maintained for a long time.

Long neck Karen people live in small huts covering an area not over 30 square meters in Mae Hong Son.

This brought an angry response from Supoj Laowansiri, the Mae Hong Son governor, who said there was no Assembly of Ladies of Kaya State presenting a request to repatriate long neck Karen people to Burma. The Karen were under the jurisdiction of Thai law and Mae Hong Son, and several processes were needed if some group would like to relocate these people.

As far as being taken advantage of by tour agents and business entrepreneurs, he believed that this was not true because the province had sent officers and policemen to take care of them. Their residences were built keeping members of each family together and hygienic restrooms were provided as well. These conditions were better than their hometown. However, he did say that some long neck Karens were taken from Myanmar by entrepreneurs to live in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, but they were out of the responsibility of Mae Hong Son province and he did not know how they lived.


Agents defraud workers of 15 million baht

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

The Department of Employment learned from 11 workers that they were deceived by Thanet Somjai, Sakonrat Chaisuree and others, who persuaded them they could work for hotels in Korea.

They claimed that the workers would receive 30,000 baht per month but they would charge each 143,000 baht and the gullible workers paid, but could not be sent to Korea as promised.

Sakonrat was arrested after the Department of Employment had informed officers of Bangplee Police Station, Samutprakan, but the other offenders had fled.

Chiang Mai Employment Office warns all who wish to work abroad to fully investigate anyone claiming to offer jobs abroad and to check carefully all information about working overseas or ask for more information from Chiang Mai Employment Office at Chiang Mai City Hall or by phone 0 5311 2742 and 0 5311 2744-6.


Two youngsters arrested with 2,000 ya ba pills

Nopniwat Krailerg

On September 6, investigation officers of Chang Puek Police Station learned from sources that two young men staying in Namfone residence at Tambon Patan, Chiang Mai, acted as if they were drug dealers distributing drugs to youths in Chiang Mai. Therefore, the officers set up a “sting” operation to purchase drug from them.

Keng “Sakchai” Saeyang, 18, and Pong “Anusorn” Wongsawichai, 21, were arrested after selling drugs to undercover cops.

At the appointed scene, Keng “Sakchai” Saeyang, 18, resident at Tambon Muang Na in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai sold speed to a client - an officer in plain clothes. Other officers immediately arrested him and confiscated 1,000 ya ba pills found in his trousers pocket.

He was sent to a police station and gently questioned until police learned that more speed had been left with his friend, Pong “Anusorn” Wongsawichai, 21, living in Samoeng. Later, police went to Anusorn’s residence and he was also arrested when they discovered 1,000 speed pills there.


Criminal lady slips up by visiting Chang Puek Police Station

Nopniwat Krailerg

A thief known as Plernthip, or Kay Duangtham, 21, nonchalantly visited Chang Puek Police Station, Chiang Mai on an errand and police, realizing that there was warrant out on her, promptly arrested her and threw her into cells.

Plernthip, or Kay Duangtham, 21, was arrested after walking into the police station.

Plernthip, a Bangkok resident who lived in Chiang Mai and stayed at the Royal Grand Hill Hotel on Chotana Rd. Chiang Mai, often befriended wealthy gentlemen and persuaded them to have dinner and enjoy the nightlife with her. She would then snatch the possessions of those besotted dupes and flee.

Several victims had informed the police. Most of the events took place in Chiang Mai; therefore the court, unbeknownst to her, issued a warrant for her arrest.


University student admits to brutal murder

Nopniwat Krailerg

Kwanchai Mekkit, 19, studying in a university in Chiang Mai, strangled his girlfriend, Waraporn Maneedaeng, 19, in a dormitory on August 27.

Both were Phrae residents and Kwanchai admitted that he had arranged a romantic assignation with his girlfriend but, because of a passionate disagreement, he became angry and strangled her. He took her body on her motorcycle and burned it under a bridge at Baan Maesa, in Lamphun. He then parked the motorcycle at Chiang Mai domestic bus station before returning to his residence.

The police connected him to the crime and he was arrested and charged with murder with intent and concealment of the body to escape justice.

He re-enacted the crime at the scene on Nimmanahaeminda Road in Soi 2, Tambon Suthep in Muang, Chiang Mai.


Two men arrested on the way to a drug drop

Nopniwat Krailerg

On August 23, Praiwan Mookam, 21, and Komsan Kraichiangkam, 18, riding a motorcycle, were stopped by task force officers at Kang Pantao checkpoint. The officers found nothing at first but the two men appeared so nervous that the police repeated their search and discovered drugs secreted in their underwear.

Orange WY ya ba was found hidden in Praiwan’s briefs. The two youths admitted that they had bought the pills from Pa (last name unknown), a Lahu tribesman living at Baan Huay San, Chiang Mai. They were hired for 5,000 baht to carry the drugs to a client waiting in the parking lot of a department store on Huay Kaew Road. The drugs were seized and they were sent to Chiang Dao Police Station for prosecution.

Whether the awaiting clients or the man named Pa were apprehended is unknown at the time of going to press.


Police nab pirate selling Tom Yum Goong movie

But no word on the supplier

Nopniwat Krailerg

Following the success of the film “Tom Yum Goong”, VCD shops selling the movie were searched after representatives of the production company complained about pirated VCDs being on sale. Some shop owners admitted that they ordered the movie from Bangkok.

On September 2, Samran Aranmee, 53, informed officers of Chom Thong Police Station, Chiang Mai on behalf of Mongkol Film Company that several shops and vendor stands were selling VCDs of “Tom Yum Goong” and “7 Prajanban” movies that were the copyright of the company. He had purchased these pirated VCD movies at the Friday Meeting Market in Chom Thong and took them as evidence.

Police arrested a shop owner, Surat Sriton, a Bangkok resident. He had sold 80 Tom Yum Goong VCDs and 22 of 7 Prajanban.

Surat said that initially he sold only overseas movies but this time, as many clients asked about “Tom Yum Goong” he therefore decided to sell Thai movies for the first time. It was ordered from Bangkok and he transferred money to the agent’s bank account. He will be prosecuted for copyright piracy. There was no word about the source in Bangkok.


Chinese Haw tribesmen open a drug den

But police close it

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

A gang of four Chinese Haw serving students working from a house distributing drugs was arrested. Ya ba, heroin, cannabis and equipment used for drug taking were seized.

Officers broke into a rented house at Tambon Pong-ngam after learning that it was a drug den. At the scene, the officers smelled ya ba smoke and found four men, Aseung Saepo, 30, Chinese Haw tribesman; Pongthep Dedkid, 23, Wirapong Yodmahawan, 24, and Sakda Thamrongdusit, 48, all living at Baan Nai, Tambon Baan Pong in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai. 156 ya ba pills and some tubes of heroin, dry cannabis and drug taking equipment were also discovered and seized.

The house was rented by Aseung Saepo to be used as a drug den. Aseung purchased ‘speed’ from Burma and distributed it through Pongthep, also persuading customers to take drugs at the house. Wirapong and Sakda were just clients taking drugs at the scene.

This gang served mostly teenagers as purchasing on the street was risky. After purchasing drugs, the customers were also able to take drugs using their supplied equipment.


Forensics prove two foreigners died of an overdose of drugs

Nopniwat Krailerg

We have previously reported the case of two foreigners, Charles Clayton Burgess, 38, and Sturgess, 41, who were found dead on August 8, 2005 in Boom Bim beer bar on Loy Khro Rd. Chiang Mai. Many beer bottles and paper with traces of white powder were discovered by their bodies.

Burgess had, apparently, invited Sturgess and his girlfriend to join a party at the beer bar and they drank the whole night. The two men were found dead the next morning and the woman had passed out.

On September 5, Pol. Lt. Col. Boonlert Chantanudej disclosed that heroin was found in their tracheas, plus cannabis and another kind of drug.

The cause of their deaths was determined as from the drugs they had taken. The embassies of the countries concerned have been informed.



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