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Vol. XI No.2 Sunday July 8 - Saturday July 21, 2012


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Computer and Mobile Expo on this weekend

The Chiang Mai University Convention Center is hosting a huge computer and mobile expo with stores from around Chiang Mai offering their wares at often discounted prices. With a huge selection of mobile phones, monitors, computers, laptops, printers, tablets, ipads, and computer accessories and parts of all kinds, it’s a one stop shopping for tech hungry consumers. The expo runs through Sunday, July 8, 2012.


Ministry of Public Health to upgrade Tambon hospitals

Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Surawit Khonsomboon visited Chiang Mai to check on Tambon hospitals and visit Siriwattana Market which has won awards for cleanliness and safety.

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The Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Surawit Khonsomboon recently visited Chiang Mai to follow up on the Tambon hospital situation and to check out award winning fresh market Siriwattana Market.

Dr. Surawit said that the Muang District of Chiang Mai does not have any hospitals under the direction of the Ministry of Public Health. He noted that Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital is under the Ministry of University Affairs as part of Chiang Mai University.

Only Nakornping Hospital in Mae Rim falls under the Ministry of Public Health although there are 9 Tambon hospitals for residents. The meeting was called to upgrade Tambon hospitals to meet Ministry of Public Health standards with upgraded medical equipment and doctor training.


Japan donations purchase fire engines for Thaduea

Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata meets with Mr. Chartri Kittithanadit, District Chief Officer of Doitao District and Mr. Buntheng Khammao, Mayor of Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality at the presentation of the fire engines.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 3,508,000 baht for a project entitled “Procurement of Fire Engines in Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality in Doitao District, Chiang Mai Province”. On July 3, 2012, Mr. Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, Mr. Chartri Kittithanadit, District Chief Officer of Doitao District and Mr. Buntheng Khammao, Mayor of Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality, were present at the donation ceremony at the Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality.

Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality, established by administrative reform in 1999, provides public services for 4,029 residents in 6 villages. This area is surrounded on all four sides by mountains. Every dry-season, forest fires break out. But in recent years they have become more serious, causing loss of homes, possessions, and lives of residents, and health problems from smoke, as well as floods and landslides in the rainy-season due to deforestation. This is having a profound impact on people's lives.

Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality has only one serviceable fire engine, and after 18 years of use, it is run down, water leaks from the tank, and water pressure is reduced. Moreover, it is too heavy to drive on the steep and narrow mountain roads. So, many fires can only be tackled with basic pumps and buckets. This is very dangerous and of limited use. Therefore, in order to preserve the forest and the safety of residents, it is an urgent issue that the Municipality should purchase more fire trucks.

In response to a request from Thaduea Subdistrict Municipality, the Government of Japan has borne the costs of purchasing two fire trucks to make fire fighting more efficient and effective. One is medium-size with a comparatively-large feed tank and the other is small with high maneuverability and a short turning circle. It is expected that the purchase of the fire trucks will enable the Municipality to preserve the precious forest resources and the safety of the residents, and will help promote environmental conservation in the community.

The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to solving the urgent problem of air pollution and wildfires in the north of Thailand at grassroots level through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP). For more information, please contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP). Tel: 053-203-367 / Fax: 053-203-373 / Email: [email protected].

The new fire engines that will help Thaduea Subdistrict to fight forest fires.


Asean to be drug free by 2015

The Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision (LCDC) has held discussions with the Asean Ambassadors Group in Laos, aiming to make the Asean region a drug free zone by 2015.

LCDC Chairman Soubanh Srithirath said leaders met in Phnom Penh this month and adopted a declaration which in the strongest terms emphasises the need to make the Asean region a drug free zone by 2015.

However, increased trafficking of chemical precursors and increased production and abuse of methamphetamines has heightened the struggle between regional drug syndicates and police forces, which has resulted in very serious threats from organised transnational crime.

“I would like to draw your attention to the current situation of opium poppy cultivation, amphetamine type stimulants, drug abuse and increased transnational trafficking of illicit drugs," he said.

In 2006 Laos came close to eradicating opium poppy cultivation, reducing the cultivation area by 94 per cent from 27,000 ha to 1,500 ha, and opium addiction by 80 per cent from 63,000 people to 12,000. Soubanh said these achievements can be attributed to the firm political will of the Lao government and provincial authorities to put an end to this scourge on society.


Let me express our gratitude to the international community, namely the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the countries who have generously contributed to this effort," he said.

However six years after this historic declaration, opium production in the region including in Laos has increased year after year. In Laos alone there has been a 173 per cent increase from 1,500 ha in 2007 to 4,100 ha in 2011, Soubanh said. At the same time the trafficking of amphetamine type substances (ATS), pseudoephedrine, heroin and marijuana gained new impetus. This was demonstrated by the unprecedented seizure of 24.5 million tablets of ATS in 2010.

The recent armed clashes between drug syndicates and law enforcement officers along the Mekong River where the borders of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet threaten regional security," he said.

“However, we were successful in apprehending the major drug kingpin Sai Naw Kham at the end of April in Ban Mom, Bokeo province," Soubanh noted, saying it was a major win for law and order in the region.

However, the growing amphetamines problem means that increasing numbers of drug users are seeking treatment, which is a burden beyond the existing resources of the treatment services in Laos, he said. To realise a drug-free Asean Community, Asean leaders have said they will intensify concerted efforts to realise the vision and goal of a drug-free Asean Community by 2015.

It is a high-priority agenda of Asean to speed up the implementation of the Asean Work Plan on Combating Illicit Drug Production, Trafficking and Use 2009-2015 and the Roadmap for an Asean Community (2009-2015) on Drug-free Asean by 2015. Cooperation and coordination measures will be further expanded with Asean's dialogue partners and external parties to eradicate illicit drugs in the region.

“In Laos we think that urgent measures are pertinent and there are two measures that must be taken simultaneously in order to address the drug problem efficiently," Soubanh said. “Firstly it is crucial that we continue to implement the nine programme pillars contained in the National Drug Control Master Plan that was adopted by the Lao government and UNODC in 2009. Secondly it is crucial to reinforce our cooperation with neighbouring countries to address transnational crime." (Vientiane Times/ANN)


Happy Birthday HRH Princess Chulabhorn

Chiang Mai Mail on July 4 joined the Kingdom in humbly wishing a Happy Birthday to a most remarkable person, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)

 


Chiang Mai in charge of Chiang Mai

Orange shirts move for Metropolitan status

Chamnan Chanruang is leading the call for Chiang Mai self-management.

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The newest color movement to hit Chiang Mai are the “orange shirts” led by scholar Chamnan Chanruang who held a rally at 3 Kings Monument on June 24, 2012, the 80th anniversary of democracy in Thailand to call for increasing autonomy for Chiang Mai.
The group will propose to the government that Chiang Mai be given the same kind of status as Bangkok to allow Chiang Mai to elect their own governor, remit only a portion of taxes to the central government and have a higher state of self-management and autonomy than it currently has.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn attended the opening ceremony and listened as Chamnan called on members of the audience to sign the petition that will be presented to the government.

He noted that Chiang Mai, which reached 716 years of age this year, is seeing an increasing invasion of growth and business which has devalued the cultural traditions. He added that the local people have been helpless before this change as the central government pushes centralized policies that don’t take into account Chiang Mai cultural traditions and ways. He noted that the changes urged by a succession of governments has not met the needs of the people but has increased a sense of dissatisfaction and conflict.

The organizers wish to present a petition with at least 10,000 signatures on it to Parliament calling upon it to grant Chiang Mai metropolitan status allowing it the same level of autonomy and self-management as Bangkok.

The newest Chiang Mai political movement, the “Orange Shirts” held a rally at 3 Kings Monument calling for a greater level of autonomy for Chiang Mai.


President of PAO’s plans for Chiang Mai’s future

Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of the PAO, in an exclusive interview with the Chiang Mai Mail on the goals for the future.

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In an exclusive interview with the Chiang Mai Mail after winning his re-election as President of the Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) for another four year term, Boonlert Buranupakorn talked about his plans for Chiang Mai province’s future.

He said that he and the PAO Council plan to rotate their weekly meetings through the 25 Districts of Chiang Mai to give local leaders a chance to discuss their needs and allow them to solve problems in a timely fashion.

President Boonlert said that one of the Province’s main concerns is improving the educational standards so as to be more in line with neighboring countries in the ASEAN Economic Community integration due in 2015. He noted that both English and Mandarin Chinese would be introduced in government schools with native speaking teachers to teach the classes. He noted that it was important for Chiang Mai people to have the necessary language skills to do business with the influx of foreigners that will come with the AEC.

A main goal is to improve the rail network as rail transport is much lower in cost and will enable more efficient and cheaper methods of moving goods to other regions. President Boonlert noted that the PAO had already requested increased budget for mass transit routes which will start from Royal Rajapruek Park along the Canal Road to Huay Kaew and then on to the new International Convention Center. The second route would start in San Kamphaeng to the city, around the moat to connect to Wattanothai Payap School and end in Doi Saket. Songthaews would continue to serve passengers within the city.

A priority is to repair the roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters around the province. The PAO has also worked to provide local defense forces with the tools to deal with disasters with distributions in Hod, Fang and the City Hall.

Further dredging of the Ping and tributaries is planned, although the current dredging plan is now at 90% completion and a “monkey cheeks” or catchment area has been planned and the area, located in Mae Taeng and Phrao Districts could hold 30 million cubic meters of water, the local government is still waiting on central government approval for the catchment project.

Tourism remains a very important issue with revenues of 40,000 million Baht and a goal to reach 58,000 million Baht. The government plans to market Chiang Mai to the domestic market as well as overseas in order to increase visitors to the Province.


10,000 people join World Anti-Drugs Day

HM the Queen greatly concerned over drugs problem

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul signs the pledge to resist drugs at the event that saw more than 10,000 people took part in activities at 700 Year Stadium including a ceremony to honor the heroes of the war against drugs.

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Ten thousand people joined in activities at the 700 Year Stadium on World Anti-Drugs Day. Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul opened the event which was held on the theme “The Power of the Land to overcome drug abuse for HM Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday”.

Students joined in the pledge to resist drugs alongside government officials and members of the public.

The Governor read an announcement from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra where it was noted that the fight against drug addiction was a national issue, that all forces in society must work together to fight the drug problem. This auspicious year of 2012, HM the Queen’s 80th birthday should see the country redouble efforts to eradicate the drugs problem. The Governor said that the Thai people know of the great concern HM the Queen has regarding the drug problem and called on everyone to help fight drugs in the country.
Chumpol Ratlertrob, the Director of theDepartment of Education Office in Region 1, said this event aims to provide students and the public awareness of the problems of drugs and to understand the penalties and dangers of drug abuse and the consequences to their family, society and nation.

World Anti-Drugs Day was established by the United Nations in 1987 to fight the growing drug problem that countries around the world faced. The General Assembly appointed the day to recognize the world drug problem posed a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of everyone, in particular young people.


Campaign launched to plant symbol of Chiang Mai around the province

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul is joined by government officials in planting the first Flame of the Forest or Thong Kwao in front of City Hall as part of a campaign to grow the decorative trees around Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul and government officials planted the official tree of Chiang Mai at City Hall on June 27, 2012 as part of the project to plant trees and flowers around the province to help protect and restore the watershed, as well as convey the identity of Chiang Mai in honor of HM the Queen.

The symbol of Chiang Mai, the Thong Kwao (Flame of the Forest or Butea Monosperma Kuntze) will be planted at government offices, institutions, and they have asked for cooperation in planting the trees from private companies around the province Around 9,000 trees will be planted in the next year under the aegis of the Chiang Mai Natural Resources and Environment Office which will also grow another 12,000 trees.


Governor meets with heads of local government

Invites PAO candidates to act as advisers

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul meets with the heads of government offices around the Province to ask for advice and opinions as well as to hear their problems.

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul chaired a meeting with the heads of the local government offices around Chiang Mai Province on June 27, 2012 to solicit their opinions and advice on ways to benefit Chiang Mai and society.

The Governor said that it was imperative that government agencies implement solutions to take care of children, that youth centers around the province would help instill a sense of civic duty and moral ethics in children and young people. That education would help encourage children to not litter and to take care of their country.

He praised the work of the local media in their efforts to disseminate information and to cover events and issues of importance to Chiang Mai people.

He noted that there would be public service projects once a month, such as a campaign to promote the planting of Thong Kwao trees, as well as continued tracking of problems and flood protection. He noted that they would invite the candidates for President of the Provincial Administration Organization to join the government by acting as advisors; promoting reconciliation and working together to help Chiang Mai develop.


Life Sciences Innovation Conference

On June 27 and 28 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai University’s Technology Development Center for Industry, and the Chiang Mai Creative City Initiative organised the ‘Life Science Innovation Conference’ to increase capacity and knowledge in medical and agricultural biotechnology. As part of the Lower Mekong Initiative and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership, the conference brought together over 200 U.S. and regional experts from academia, government, and industry in the field of life sciences. (Photo courtesy of US Consulate General)

By Smith Taweelerdniti and US Consulate General
On June 27 and 28, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai University’s Technology Development Center for Industry, and the Chiang Mai Creative City Initiative organized the “Life Sciences Innovation Conference” to increase capacity and knowledge in medical and agricultural biotechnology. As part of the Lower Mekong Initiative and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership, the conference brought together over 200 U.S. and regional experts from academia, government, and industry in the field of life sciences.

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie A. Kenney, Woragan Yokying, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, and Professor Dr. Pongsak Angkasith, President of Chiang Mai University, opened the conference, which took place at Shangri-La Hotel. Organizers chose Chiang Mai to host the conference because the city is quickly becoming a medical and agricultural hub in Thailand and the wider Mekong region.

In her opening remarks, U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney highlighted the U.S. commitment to fostering innovation and strengthening science and technology partnership with Thailand and the other countries of the Lower Mekong. She emphasized that innovation is vital to building a strong economy and requires collaborative relationships between academia, civil society, government and industry.

Speakers at the conference discussed issues surrounding innovation in three pillars: medical biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology and medical systems. Additionally, the conference built on Chiang Mai’s already established position as a center for creative industries, creativity, and innovation. Participants discussed how to promote ideas to further develop innovative clusters around medical and agricultural biotechnology.

In his opening remarks, Chiang Mai Vice Governor Worakarn Yokying said Chiang Mai province supports the endeavors and collaboration among experts from the government, academics, and business community to promote Chiang Mai as an innovative hub of medical service and medical and agricultural biotechnologies. He said these pursuits will propel Chiang Mai’s development toward a knowledge-based economy.

Chiang Mai and its universities can position themselves in the research areas aiming to be the leading research hub for Agricultural Biotechnology for Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). The brainstorm session conducted at the Life Science Innovation Conference at Shangri La hotel Chiang Mai at the end of June saw the following results;

In order to move research toward Genetically Modified Crop (GM crop, a.k.a Modern Biotech Crop), Thailand will need “Bio Safety Law” in place; a set of laws which guide the research and field trials of GM crop to the commercialization of the crop.

Thailand is the only country in this region without this law. Laos started drafting it 10 years ago, the same time Thailand started and now their laws are in place. The Philippines is even far more advanced with its Presidential support. It means that Thailand is not ready to have GM crops produce here as there is a lack of control and risk containment measures.

If all the countries adopt the GM Food crops and Thailand deny it, we will be only country that our food is safe from GMO. We have our King’s sustainable agriculture and sufficient economy philosophy, which I think is far more valuable that the GMO research.

If 100 years ago, the King Rama 5 had helped Thailand not become colonized by western countries, our King Rama 9 is helping our country not being colonized by the GMO.

As there are still misconceptions and resistance among consumers, NGO, and media, regarding GM crops, there are other areas that Chiang Mai can emphasize their research on.

10 areas of Non-Food Agricultural Biotechnology Research Avenues have been identified and these are longan research for higher value-added products, such as anti-oxidant, prebiotics, cosmetics etc., agricultural waste management biotechnologies (bacterial, yeasts, fungi, worm, etc.). Microbial Biotechnology, Bio-Energy from local by-products, seed production technology, tissue culture hub, Bio-reactor hub for producing good traits crops, novel crops such as new (GM) flowers, orchids, peripheral technologies for agriculture, Highland crop research, and a center for clinical trial of new drugs, test efficacy, toxicity of herbal, novel medicines for GMS region.


Flash flood warning system active around Chiang Mai

Director- General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Wiboon Sanguanpong and Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Chuchart Keelapaeng inspect the new warning system at Doi Pui.

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Chiang Mai’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office has installed flash flood and mudslide warning systems around Chiang Mai as part of the 12 million baht budget project from the central government to prevent disasters due to weather conditions.

The Director- General of the Department of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Wiboon Sanguanpong and Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Chuchart Keelapaeng visited Baan Hmong Doi Pui to inspect the installation of the warning system for flash floods and mudslides. The Director-General also announced the installation of surveillance and warning systems around the province under the Flagship Project in which the Government has allocated 12 million baht to Chiang Mai.

NECTEC has installed alarm systems in high risk areas in 22 districts. AIS has installed SIM cards in the equipment at 243 points to analyze and report weather data, the equipment will send an sms text the person responsible for monitoring and issuing warnings when rainfall falls into danger zones.


PAO candidate files protest on election results

Dr. Thaworn cites irregularities

Boonrat Wongyai, Chairman of the Chiang Mai Election Commission Office (Left) received a letter to oppose for election from Dr. Thaworn Kiatchaiyakorn, a candidate for PAO President.

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One of the candidates for the post of President of the Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) filed a protest with the Election Commission Office after the citing illegal behavior.

Dr. Thaworn Kiatchaiyakorn, the number 2 Pheu Thai Chiang Mai candidate on the ballot for President of the PAO has reported irregularities in the recent elections to Boonrat Wongyai Chairman of Chiang Mai Election Commission Election.

Dr. Thaworn said that number one candidate and winner of the election Boonlert Buranupakorn of the Pheu Thai Kunnatham party and other candidates had a scheduled meeting in San Kamphaeng with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, although the meeting never took place it was reported in the media as if it had.

Secondly, survey results predicting Boonlert’s win were released 7 days before the election, Dr. Thaworn said it would lead people to believe their vote would not count and may discourage people from voting.

Finally, he said that Boonlert used misleading billboards that were very similar to those used in national elections for Parliament in violation of Section 57 (5) of the Election Act of 2002. In 2005 the winner of the election for Mayor of San Patong was disqualified for similar billboards and new elections were called.

Boonrat Wongyai of the Election Commission Office said there were now 7 cases filed in the PAO Presidential election and 1 case in the Provincial Council elections. The Office will investigate and should release the results within 30 days.

Boonlert Buranupakorn won his re-election as President of the PAO by a wide margin, leading with over 400,000 votes to the second candidate Dr. Thaworn who took over 148,000 votes.


Hod and Doi Tao villagers hold EGAT responsible for 2011 floods

Bhumibol Dam water release damaged homes and crops

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Residents of Hod and Doi Tao districts have applied for assistance after flood waters released from Bhumibol Dam in Tak from August to October 2011 caused damage to agriculture and homes in the area.

The President of the Commission Sa-Ngun Pongmanee and Council commissioners met to discuss the needs of villagers in Hod and Doi Tao.

Commissioners from the Commission to Prevent and Mitigate Disasters met at Chiang Mai City Hall with Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul, Hod and Doi Tao District Officers and representatives from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to review complaints filed by residents of the two districts.

Water was released from Bhumibol Dam in Tak when Depressions Nock Ten and Nessat hit during the monsoon season. Water flowed back into farms and villages damaging crops and homes.

Locals filed a complaint with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra when she visited the dam on June 18 and the commission visited the damaged areas on June 28.

The President of the Commission Sa-Ngun Pongmanee said that after the Commission received the complaint they sought to find resolutions. The villagers do not want to receive compensation from the Government’s flood fund but want EGAT to admit responsibility for the flooding and to pay compensation along with offer solutions to prevent the reoccurrence of flooding as the villages had been flooded from water released from the Dam in 2002 and 2006.

Hod District had 803 rai damaged in 8 villages and 298 households suffered from 216 million baht in damage due to the floods. 1,064 rai in 11 villages in Doi Tao were damaged, with more than 300 households seeking compensation of 351 million baht.
The Commissioner said that EGAT has 15 days to provide an answer to their investigations.


American man killed in fireworks accident

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On the eve of his departure for the United States, American Christopher John, aged 55 died from blood loss after a firework he was attempting to dispose of exploded, taking off his right hand and part of his arm.

Hang Dong Police were called to Country Park Village in Nong Kwai, Hang Dong at 5:20 p.m. June 24, 2012 to investigate the incident where they found scattered gunpowder from the firework, and some pieces of plastic water pipes.

Mr. John’s wife and child rushed him to the hospital but he died before reaching the hospital. His wife reported that he was getting everything ready to leave the house and was trying to get rid of the fireworks when the explosion occurred. Police have ruled it an accident.


Black Orchid new drug in Mae Hong Son

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A command center has been set up by the Thai government to coordinate anti-drug activities in a bid to counter the surging drug flow over the Myanmar border.

On June 28, 2012 the Director of the Counter Drugs Command Center for the North, Maj. Gen. Somsak Nilbanjerdkul held a meeting in Chiang Mai’s City Hal to coordinate with related agencies that are working together to increase interception of drugs being transported in 14 districts on the border and in city areas in 3 districts in Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son.

Lt. Gen. Channarong Thanarun, Commander of the Army Region 3, discusses the ongoing police and Army crackdown on drug trafficking in the North.

The Maj. General said that the patterns of smugglers are constantly changing and that their movements have been hard to track as there has been a massive upswing in drugs smuggled over the border since the ceasefire was announced in Myanmar.

He noted that members of the Wa tribal group have been arrested in Baan Huay Aoh Nai in Mae Hong Son Province with a new drug called Black Orchid. Black Orchid is a precursor to Yaba and is also made from pseudoephedrine, the same drug used to produce methamphetamine pills or Yaba and crystal methamphetamine or Ya Ice. The Office of Narcotics Control Board said that this mix of drugs may be replacing that of Yaba. Drugs have been found in Doi Samsib in Chiang Dao, Chai Prakan District, Baan Mae Sao in Mae Ai district and Baan Tha Koh in Mae Suay, Chiang Rai.

There are 12 major networks focused among four groups in Kuet Chang in Mae Taeng, Tambon Mae Na in Chiang Dao, Baan Monpin in Fang and Tambon Tab Tao in Thoeng district, Chiang Rai Province. They believe that there are two major drug barons in the area, in Mae Fah Luang district in Chiang Rai and Baan Tham Lod in Mae Hong Son.

These alleged new drug lords have been identified by the Command Center as Mr. Chao Wei and Mr. Hong Pang and are linked to dealers from the Lahu and Hmong hilltribes. The organizations hire people from Suphan Buri , Pathum Thani , Prachin Buri and Phatthalung to transport the drugs via specific routes, sometimes smuggled by a 18-wheel cargo trucks with the drugs hidden inside.

Lt. Gen. Channarong Thanarun, Commander of the Army Region 3, believes that the drug situation will decrease as the number of arrests continues to grow and monitoring of border areas, the postal system and roads increases. He noted that the Army has increased surveillance in 10 districts of Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. He added that a larger number of people are being arrestd with both drugs and weapons and that a large cache was recently uncovered in Mae Sai in Chiang Rai.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Computer and Mobile Expo on this weekend

Ministry of Public Health to upgrade Tambon hospitals

Japan donations purchase fire engines for Thaduea

Asean to be drug free by 2015

Happy Birthday HRH Princess Chulabhorn

Chiang Mai in charge of Chiang Mai

President of PAO’s plans for Chiang Mai’s future

10,000 people join World Anti-Drugs Day

Campaign launched to plant symbol of Chiang Mai around the province

Governor meets with heads of local government

Life Sciences Innovation Conference

Flash flood warning system active around Chiang Mai

PAO candidate files protest on election results

Hod and Doi Tao villagers hold EGAT responsible for 2011 floods

American man killed in fireworks accident

Black Orchid new drug in Mae Hong Son

 

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