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Christians celebrate the King’s 60 year anniversary

Big brother will be watching YOU!

Fire rages through Karen student center

Pandas told to populate or perish!

Chiang Saen Customs destroy bird flu vaccine and sexual tonics

500 year old pottery discovered at Anubarn Chiang Mai School

88th Boy Scout Workshop of 17 Northern provinces

Local residents reject Ping River wall flood mitigation project

Mae Hong Son Governor itchy over possible mudslides

Flooding in Uttaradit – now we count the costs

Thousands of student march for the monarchy

Mae Hong Son upset over misuse of HM the Queen’s bamboo forest

40 million baht buys flood alarm in Night Bazaar

Water contaminated fuel oil distributed to customers

A million baht for ya ba from a Black Lahu

Red Wa dealer arrested with 20,000 ya ba in sting operation

Community radio station owner has plug pulled

Hill tribe drug manufacturers killed by Red Wa

Police officers find further clues in grisly murder

Ya ba pills hidden in sticky rice

Students arrested with 18 ya ba pills as evidence

Christians celebrate the King’s 60 year anniversary

A Chiang Mai Christian leader heading the worship.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
On the occasion of the 60
th anniversary of HM the King’s ascension to the throne, many Chiang Mai Christians gathered to march in honor of the king at Thapae Gate on Saturday, June 3, 2006.
Christian churches in Chiang Mai together with five Christian schools, Prince Royal’s College, Sacred Heart School, Montfort College, Dara Wittayalai School and Regina Coeli School affirm their allegiance to the monarchy.
The activity started from 4 p.m. with a parade of two groups from Chiang Mai Buddhist Place to Thapae Gate. All wore yellow shirts, the symbolic Royal color.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor joined in worship and both foreigners and Thais, prayed to their God to bless the King with a long life.
The mayor then lit candles in honor of the King and the congregation sang the Royal anthems at Thapae Gate.


Big brother will be watching YOU!

Traffic statement in Chiang Mai Municipality area.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor said that Chiang Mai Municipality has finally received the cash for a computerized system of controlling traffic lights for which the budget was allocated in 1999!
A traffic light control system on 96 crossroads will now be controlled by computer that is able to manage 1,000 points. The system is also designed to be able to check the numbers of vehicles through CCTV from 20 points throughout Chiang Mai.
This new system is not only to control traffic efficiently but also to help traffic police to work more smoothly and conveniently. The municipality has spent 60 million baht to install the CCTV at 20 points and at action centers and another 10 points known for violent events or crimes. 40 million baht was raised from the government to support this project.
The CCTVs are able to record for 14 days and, if any unexpected situation takes place, it can be checked from the file record.
Presently 30–40 accidents take place in Chiang Mai municipality area each day. Furthermore, CCTVs will also be installed at Nawarat Bridge to check water level of the Mae Ping River to warn of flooding the municipality area and a million baht is expected to be used for this installation.
The mayor said that he believed that CCTV would improve traffic and be convenient for tourism, including warning of impending disasters. Moreover, it also uplifted the livelihood and tourism of Chiang Mai province and he hoped it could reduce crimes and accidents to make Chiang Mai a better place to live.


Fire rages through Karen student center

Chiangmai Mail Reporter
In the early afternoon of Saturday May 27 embers from a small fire in the compound of Ban Phanthakit, a dormitory complex for Karen secondary school students in Chom Thong district town, sixty kilometres southwest of Chiangmai, were whipped into the air by a sudden freak storm and landed on the grass-thatched roofs of the nearby buildings. As the heat of the flames further fuelled the strength of the localized storm, the fire spread so rapidly that within only ten minutes all the buildings in the centre were razed to the ground.
The fire brigade arrived within minutes, but could do nothing but save the Catholic church at the entrance to the compound. The school clothes, books, computers, library, bedding and personal possessions of the students and the Catholic Karen Sisters who take care of them were totally destroyed. Overall damage is estimated at well over five million baht. The students have been temporarily housed in cramped conditions at Ban Doi Thong in Tambon Doi Kaew.
For many years it was almost impossible for Karen hill tribe children to attend secondary school, due to lack of funds and secure dormitory accommodation. Five years ago the Former Pupils Association of the Hill Tribes’ Children’s Centre at Baan Mae Pon in Chom Thong district decided to remedy this situation, and from their own savings and borrowings, and with the assistance of a hill tribe charity and other donors, erected a series of simple bamboo and thatch buildings for the students. The latter grew their own vegetables and their parents provided rice and transport costs to and from school each day.
The Former Pupils Association and its supporters are determined to rebuild this compound, which is so important for the future of young Karen from remote mountain villages. The estimated cost of reconstruction using non-flammable materials is five and a half million baht. If any of our readers would like to assist in this worthy cause, please send you contribution to the Siam Commercial Bank, Chom Thong Branch, Chiang Mai, Account Number 539-2-27077-7.


Pandas told to populate or perish!

Chuang Chuang, the bashful bear, at Chiang Mai zoo. (File photo Nopniwat Krailerg)

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Thanong Natheepitak, deputy director of the Zoological Park Organization, has given the two Pandas Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui until next year to come up with progeny.
“If by next year the two pandas, Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui are unable to conceive naturally, we might apply artificial insemination. The process can use sperm imported from other countries, not only the sperm of Chuang Chuang. Panda specialists from China and USA will travel to Chiang Mai especially for this process,” he said. The deputy director added that in the past, artificial insemination of pandas had succeeded in both China and USA, so it is not a strange procedure and is considered safe.
The plan might be applied, if by next year they have not been able to breed. Thailand is to host a world conference of bear experts in Chiang Mai, with specialists from the USA, China and other countries discussing new techniques to increase the bear population.
Is there anyone out there who would like to take samples from Chuang Chuang? Panda porno movies will be supplied by the Department of Breeding.


Chiang Saen Customs destroy bird flu vaccine and sexual tonics

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chiang Saen Customs Officer, Patcharadit Sinsawad, together with the Food and Drug Association (FDA), incinerated confiscated goods. The evidence earmarked for destruction consisted of 353 bottles of bird flu vaccine, 470 boxes of Chinese medicine; kidney tonic, blood tonic and sexual tonic valued at 4 million baht.
Patcharadit said that since the spread of bird flu in Thailand, the government had issued orders to prohibit any bird flu vaccine being brought into the kingdom. The Department of Customs issued orders to customs officers in border areas to be strict in arresting any smugglers. Chiang Saen Customs Office is another smuggling route along the Mekong border which is close to the Golden Triangle between Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and China. There have been continuous attempts to smuggle in this kind of vaccine since last year and Chiang Saen Customs have seized over six cases containing 1,717 bottles of bird flu vaccine. There have also been numerous seizures of Chinese drugs and tonics.
Patcharadit said that the production of bird flu vaccine and other medicinal concoctions is in the south of China, and stored at the border in the South of China at Guan Lei Port and Jing Hong Port. They are then packed in cargo ships coming from China along the Mekong River to Thailand at the Golden Triangle port of Chiang Saen, before being smuggled ashore.
Although the customs officers are finding the contraband hidden in the freight cargo ships, no one on board admits to ownership of the illegal products. Officers on board pretend that they are just the delivery boys, and they are not responsible for the goods on board. The customs officers seize the evidence but are not able to punish anyone for the crime.


500 year old pottery discovered at Anubarn Chiang Mai School

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Construction workers at Anubarn Chiang Mai School discovered a two meter deep hole in preparation to construct a four storey building. They found it was the entrance to an underground cavity approximately three meters wide by three meters deep, containing many items of pottery.
Archeologists were called in before the workers continued and Chinnawut Wilayalai, an archeologist of the 8
th Office of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai said that the pottery consisted of jars, kettles and cracked crockery. He assumed that these ceramic items might be from the old San Kamphaeng kiln which meant that the pottery would be approximately 500 years old.
He issued an order to temporarily stop the digging process until officers of the Fine Arts Department could come to the site. It is believed that there may be numerous examples of ancient pottery left beneath the basement. Another theory is that this place might be the chamber of a pagoda linked with the Kitti Temple’s pagoda which was built in the Meng Rai period around 700 years ago.
Thanu Samorkham, vice-director of Anubarn Chiang Mai School said that previously, there had been many building constructions. Ancient pottery had been found beneath several buildings; such as crockery, jars, stone mortars including ancient herb grinders and all the discoveries were kept in the school’s museum.


88th Boy Scout Workshop of 17 Northern provinces

Preeyanoot Jittawong
The 88
th Boy Scout Workshop under Kingkarn Na Chiang Mai, president of Chiang Mai Boy Scouts, was held on June 3-4to exchange opinions and to offer instruction on Boy Scout activities. The workshop concluded that Boy Scout groups throughout the country, especially in 17 Northern provinces, should remain impartial politically. Boy Scouts should not take action to either support or resist politics because it may lead to injustice. However, if any conflict mentions the royal institution, Boy Scouts should follow their ideology to protect country, religion and king.

Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor greeting Boy Scouts who attended the seminar.

The 17 Northern provinces Boy Scouts held a parade to honour HM the King on the occasion of 60th year anniversary of his ascension on the throne finishing at the Thapae Gate on June 4.
Boy Scout meetings throughout the country to honour the king will be held between October and December, 2006 and around 6,000 Boy Scouts from six regions will attend, with a thousand Scouts from each region. This will be held at the Vajarivudh Boy Scout Camp in Sriracha, Chon Buri.


Local residents reject Ping River wall flood mitigation project

The area which has been damaged five times by the severe floods of last year.

Krirkkit Kanchanakorn (Student trainee PYU)
Local people who live along the Ping River in Chiang Mai met to discuss rejection of the proposed wall along the Ping River which had been designed by the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning and is supposed to prevent a flood in the city. The proposed wall will be 19.4 km. long and will cost approximately 1,390 million baht to build.
Many organizations and groups had previously submitted ideas to prevent flooding in Chiang Mai. Other organizations such as the Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University, Wildlife Fund Thailand under the Patronage of HM the Queen, Wat Gate local people, the Urban Development Institute Foundation (UDIF) and the College of Social Management said that this river wall project was conceived in too much of a hurry without taking time to evaluate the true effects. In addition, most people who were affected by last year’s floods did not have opportunity to participate in the discussion about this project. They said if the other 35 flood prevention projects in Chiang Mai, which they had previously proposed to the cabinet were applied, there would be no need to construct any concrete wall to prevent the floods.
Also, previously, there was a survey to ask the opinions of local people who live along Ping River and after the pros and cons were enumerated, local people rejected this project. They said that if there was too much water, it will cause an increase in pressure to the subterranean water table and the buildings located alongside the Ping River will be damaged. Local people also said that there is no guarantee that building a wall can prevent flooding, as graphically demonstrated by the failure of the water wall projects in some provinces like Singhaburi and Sukhothai, which still face severe floods every rainy season.
It is also possible that if the volume of water is more than the wall can withstand, it will cause more damage to many areas along the Ping River because the flood water cannot flow back to the river when the floods subside, leaving stagnating pools.
Local people who have lived in Chiang Mai for a long time said that this river wall project will destroy the uniqueness and scenery of the Ping River. Moreover, this project is a knee-jerk solution and will only waste a huge amount of money that should go to other more useful solutions which can really prevent the flood; such as an alarm system, enhancing water absorbing projects, digging water chanels, and preserving water sources.
In 2005, Chiang Mai endured the biggest floods for 30 years that were so severe that they severely affected the city’s economy and caused substantial damage to the property of local people, especially those who live along Ping River. This brought about the promises from the prime minister that the government will study the matter and construct the concrete river wall.


Mae Hong Son Governor itchy over possible mudslides

Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Direk Konkleeb, Mae Hong Son Governor said that in rainy season there is heavy rain in Mae Hong Son and there mudslides have already damaging houses in Pai district. Mae Hong Son is 90% mountain and forest areas, which are mudslide risk areas.
The province has ordered to 7 district chief officers to be ready to evacuate people living in mudslide risk areas and informed districts to check alarms in villages. If there were to be heavy rain for more than 1 hour in any area, chiefs of Tambons and village headmen have to inform the district and the district will evacuate the people immediately. There are approximately 43 villages at risk in Mae Hong Son.


Flooding in Uttaradit – now we count the costs

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
15 days after the flood in Uttaradit, 71 corpses have been found, 32 people have been lost, 447 houses are severely damaged, and 2,278 houses were partly damaged.
Farmland ravaged covers 106,000 rai and over half a million domestic animals were lost. More help is being contributed by officials, organizations and individuals. At this moment, all routes are accessible.
Officials have been able to provide 17.3 million baht in aid.


Thousands of student march for the monarchy

10,000 Chiang Mai students joined the activity at Thapae Gate.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
A student parade on bicycles on June 5, 2006, was arranged as a method to protect the environment and to honor the king. The parade started from Chiang Mai Buddhist Place to Thapae Gate.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor, presided over the activity and said that the environment became a problem it was necessary to solve as well as to develop society and it was a problem for all nations. Since the King ascended the throne, he started many projects concerning natural resources and environmental conservation. The King has used his ability to improve, adjust and show processes to match Thai citizens’ living. “We could call our great King the Father of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation,” the mayor said.


Mae Hong Son upset over misuse of HM the Queen’s bamboo forest

Khajohn Boonphat And Saksit Meesubkwang
Seksan Jairakpraphasuk, the village headman of Baan Rak Thai, near Mae Hong Son has asked Chana Naksuriya, Deputy Mae Hong Son Governor to investigate the situation of HM the Queen’s bamboo forest at the 3
rd Region Army and the Pai Tong (Dendrocalamus asper Back) plantation project. In addition there were complaints of a monk being dispossessed. In reply, Chana promised to set up an investigation committee to investigate this matter.
Seksan said that on March 23, he received numerous complaints from local people that there was a bulldozer and workers trespassing on 24 rai of the HM the Queen’s bamboo plantation project. There was also a Pai Tong plantation project nearby, belonging to Lt. Gen. Phichartmeth Muangmanee, former general of Third Army Region who had developed this plantation in 2003-2004.
After being informed, Seksan together with a village security team armed with shotguns checked the perimeter. The security team found a volunteer who was friendly with officials in the area taking care of the forest clearing activities, so Seksan negotiated with him to stop the illegal activities
Seksan also said that very suspiciously, he was informed by Decha Satthapol, Muang district chief officer, Mae Hong Son that he and the village security team had to return the 15 official shotguns and 150 shells and hand them over to the district. Decha claimed that he was hired by Thongchai Chatuchit, Mok Cham Pae TAO, Baan Rak Thai and accused Seksan and his armed posse with threatening the other group over the alleged trespassing.
Seksan said that Decha had met with residents of Baan Rak Thai and informed them that there would be Taiwanese financial backers together with Thongchai Charuchit, the TAO member who wanted to use the area for the production of Shitake mushrooms and other cold-weather plants. However, in the meeting, there was survey of local people’s opinions. After that, a group of workers came to remove bamboo and tea plants from the area including the monk’s chamber from the Baan Rak Thai Temple. After clearing the area, the ground was turned over to a ginger plantation, with several people closely taking care of the crop, which caused dissatisfaction amongst local people.
The Village headman also said that many of the so-called Taiwanese financial backers could not speak the Taiwanese language, but communicated to each other in Chinese or in the Red Wa dialect or an unknown dialect that caused people to be suspicious. More importantly, the financial backers were allowed to trespass onto the royal area which was considered to be incorrect. Local people wanted these financial backers to stop planting ginger and return that area to 3
rd Region Army to plant a forest to extol HM the Queen. If there was no response, Seksan said he would bring all the local people to chase all the people involved to Mae Hong Son City Hall.
Direk Konkleeb, Mae Hong Son Governor said that he did not know anything about this situation. He promised to call the district chief officer and village headman for more information, adding that if local people do not want the financial backers planting ginger, then the authorities will stop them doing it.


40 million baht buys flood alarm in Night Bazaar

Saksit Meesubkwang
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor said that the municipality has budgeted to install 2 warning alarms; especially for flooding in municipal areas. The first will be installed at Kawila sub-district, at Baan Den Graveyard, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road. The second one will be installed in Meng Rai sub-district, Tambon Wat Gate. These alarm posts will be 15 meters high. Satellite system broadcasting centers will be located at 4 sub-districts. Each point can broadcast 2 km. These projects will be started on June 5.
The alarm installation was instituted after Smith Thammasarod, the president of the Advance Warning Commission, decided to install warning systems in risky areas to warn people to be alert if there is any flood or mudslide so evacuation in time is possible.. There over 20 locations for warning alarms costing 2 million baht per point.
Thasanai Saesue, president of Night Bazaar Merchant Club said that he was pleased that the government will install flooding alarm in city area. They will know beforehand before losing much property like the previous year.
However, the merchants said that the government should install the flood alarm in decent place that do not affect shops, merchants, and tourists and make them afraid because of the a warning tower.


Water contaminated fuel oil distributed to customers

Nopniwat Krailerg
Rungnapa Ruangsoranarak complained that her car was affected by gasoline mixed with water after refueling at a gas station operated by Somjit Chiang Mai at Tambon Wat Ket in Muang, Chiang Mai.
She said that after refueling she drove the vehicle a short way and her car stopped and could not start again. She called a mechanic who told her that water was in the fuel tank.
She informed the gas station and told them that she would hold them responsible for paying for repairs, but the station claimed that the head office in Bangkok had to be informed before they could do anything. She learned that four other vehicles were similarly affected and the owners then all decided to inform police in concert.
With the police intervening, the gas station capitulated and said it was willing to pay for all damages. The four vehicles accepted a garage that the gas station offered but, as Rungnapa’s was a new car, she wanted it repaired in her car manufacturer’s service center.
Police told the station to temporarily stop its fuel oil distribution until it can be proved that water is mixed in the fuel oil. In a similar recent case, it was found that the underground tank was leaking and, incidentally, polluting the surrounding water table.


A million baht for ya ba from a Black Lahu

Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Police, acting on a tip off, prepared to spend a million baht to set up an operation to purchase ya ba from a Black Lahu gang smuggling the drugs over the Thai-Burmese border at Muang, Chiang Rai.
The sting was set up at a gas station near the Mae Korn crossroad in Muang, Chiang Rai. A man on a motorbike carrying a black kitbag was met by policeman in civvies who gave a signal to the ambushing police to close in for the arrest. The offender, known as Lotu Weicheku, 32, a Black Lahu, was carrying 30,000 pills.
He informed police that he had worked as construction day laborer for low wages before he decided to deal drugs with other Black Lahu along Thai-Burmese border. He had smuggled drugs in several times but had not been detected by police.
However, once again, the big boys have gone free.


Red Wa dealer arrested with 20,000 ya ba in sting operation

Saksit Meesubkwang
In an undercover operation, police from Chiang Rai contacted the Red Wa network in Myanmar. The drug dealers suggested a trade in the area close to border, but the officers declined this meeting place for fear of being attacked by Red Wa network armed forces. The drug delivery place was changed to the entrance of Moo Baan He Go village, Mae Chan district where there was already an armed force patrolling the area because it was known to be frequently used by the drug dealer network from the neighboring country.
The deal was finally arranged to the satisfaction of both parties but when the drug dealer appeared at the rendezvous, the police officers lying in ambush sprang the trap and arrested the man who was identified as Abe Yapha, 48, a Lisu and resident of Mae Chan who was carrying 20,000 ya ba pills hidden in his sack. He was sent to Mae Chan Police Station to face legal proceedings.
Under gentle interrogation the accused admitted that he transferred the package from the drug network opposite to Baan Santisuk with four other people who were the front line delivery agents. They smuggled the packages along the border mountainous area to deliver to the other dealers whom they did not realize were disguised police officers.


Community radio station owner has plug pulled

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Rai Provincial Court sat in deliberation on the case against Jitr Sukhasighakhlee who was charged with violating the Radio Communication (Community Radio) Act.
According to Thai constitution, section 40, the frequency for radio transmitting, television broadcasting, and radio communication is regarded as a national communication resource and not for public use. Independent government organizations must arrange the frequency and control it for the benefit of the nation as a whole for education, culture, and government security and to ensure equal and independent competition.
Previously, there were many individual Community radio stations as there was a lack of technical knowledge about broadcasting and their signals interrupted the frequencies of main stations. The transmitters for community radio must be less than 30 Watts and the aerial must be less than 30 meters high with a broadcasting radius of a maximum of 15 Km. Currently. it is the duty of Department of Public Relations to inspect and closely monitor all aspects of radio broadcasting.
In the Jitr Sukhasighakhlee case, the court judged that the defendant was guilty of several charges which contravened the radio communication act 1955. There were three particular cases which he violated; namely possessing a radio transmitter without permission, setting up a radio station without permission and interrupting radio communication. Each charge carries the penalty of imprisonment for one year and a fine of 20,000 baht. Having been found guilty on all three counts, he was sentenced to being imprisoned for three years and fined 20,000 baht.
However the defendant expressed his contrition to the court so eloquently, that the judge was moved to compassion and his sentence was reduced to 18 months jail and a 30,000 baht fine. In his defense, it was shown that the defendant had no previous run-ins with the law, and had permanent accommodation. Also, he had a father and mother to look after, and children. His radio transmitter and various other appliances were seized by the Frequency Examination Center: Area 3 Lampang.


Hill tribe drug manufacturers killed by Red Wa

Khajohn Boonpath
Up to 20 hill tribe drug workers who smuggled drugs in a Red Wa area, opposite Pang Mapha district of Mae Hong Son, were reportedly killed because they did not pay the Red Wa a tax.
Thai Army Intelligence disclosed that on May 31, 2006, Red Wa or UWSA attacked a heroin factory owned by the Chinese Haw Gogang group at Huay Salop north from Baan Khang Pla in Burma, 30 kilometres from Pang Mapha, Mae Hong Son. The UWSA killed 17 factory workers who were Lahu, Lisu and one was a Thai, a resident of Pang Mapha, Mae Hong Son, serving as a Thai news source in that factory. There were only two people left alive, who were then taken to Baan Huay Aw, opposite Chiang Dao of Chiang Mai.
It is thought this incident stemmed from the movement of 200 bars of heroin from Baan Na Kong Moo, delivering to Taiwanese customers at Baan Pa Kluay, Tambon Mon Pin in Fang of Chiang Mai, by Ja Pao, Paw Lee and allies. These people did not pay taxes to the Red Wa troop so retribution was taken.


Police officers find further clues in grisly murder

Nopniwat Krailerg
A businessman whose charred body was recently found in a longan orchard at Baan Ton Lung, near Mae Taeng on May 30, as reported earlier by Chiangmai Mail, was identified as Seksan Sukaseme, the owner of Bua Luang Tour and owner of a Harley Davidson spares distribution business.
With very little evidence to go on, the officers examined several possible motives for Seksan’s murder, including robbery and even adultery. Enquiries revealed that Seksan had received demands for immediate payment from a group of creditors, accompanied by threats of what would happen if the payment was not forthcoming immediately.
Pol. Col. Chamnan Ruadrew, said that his police officers are searching for clues from many places; including the Harley Davidson distributor where Seksan used to work. Officers were also looking for the Harley Davidson motorbike which Seksan was known to have ridden before he was murdered. It is believed that this crime was committed by several criminals who worked as a team.
Police officers found clues which point to at least three of the perpetrators of this terrible crime. The police have witnesses who overheard the three suspects having an argument with Seksan; and have apprehended the three men.


Ya ba pills hidden in sticky rice

Nopniwat Krailerg
A sticky rice seller was offering more than mango with her sticky creations. Having been tipped off that she was selling ya ba pills to teenagers in Tambon Chang Klan, Muang district, Chiang Mai, Pol. Lt.Col. Thanet Wiboonkiat, investigation inspector of Muang Chiang Mai Police Station sent an informant to buy the ya ba pills from the food merchant, who handed over an amount of sticky rice with 24 ya ba pills hidden in the rice.
Licking their fingers in anticipation, Police officers showed up and took her to Chiang Mai Police Station to face charges. She was identified as Supaporn Rattanachomphoo, 33, resident of Muang Chiang Mai.
Supaporn admitted that she was also a food merchant in the Kampaengdin area. Lately, she had earned less income, and had got into debt, so she had resorted to selling ya ba pills. The regular customers who bought ya pa pills from her, knew that she packed the ya ba pills in coffee straws hidden in the sticky rice.


Students arrested with 18 ya ba pills as evidence

Nopniwat Krailerg
Two young men were arrested by the Chiang Mai police after receiving information that they were involved in supplying ya ba pills to university students.
Both Chaturong Rattana, 26, a resident of Hang Dong, Chiang Mai and Sathapong Yonthawin or “Top”, 21 a resident of Mae Chaem district, Chiang Mai came from good homes, so financial need could not be used as an excuse. At the time of the arrest both were found to be in possession of 18 ya ba pills.
The police officers had been informed that Chaturon was selling illegal drugs to people who lived in Nuan Noi dormitory Muang district, Chiang Mai. Officers arrested him while he was resting in his room, which when searched was found to contain eight ya ba pills.
After he was arrested, the accused admitted that he had bought the ya ba pills from Sathapong or “Top”. Officers persuaded Chaturong to call Sathapong and to say that he wanted more ya ba pills and asked Sathapong to deliver the package to Chaturong’s room. Sathapong duly arrived to deliver the ya ba pills, and the police officers arrested him. The officers searched Sathapong and found 10 ya ba pills.
Both accused men, and the evidence, were sent to Chiang Mai Police Station. Hopefully. both will realize that it was hardly worth the effort for 18 pills, but the could also be said regarding the arresting police. These were hardly “Mr. Big”.



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