Computer and Mobile Expo on this weekend
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chanruang is leading the call for Chiang Mai self-management.
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
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.
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
Buranupakorn, President of the PAO, in an exclusive interview with the
Chiang Mai Mail on the goals for the future.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
American man killed
in fireworks accident
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.