Happy 7th Birthday Chiang Mai Expats Club
By Shana Kongmun
Today the Chiang Mai Expats Club celebrated their 7th anniversary
with Board Members led by Alan Hall cutting the birthday cake. Today’s
meeting was held at the Shangri La but an announcement was made that next
month’s meeting will be held for one time only at the River Market at 10
a.m. The following meeting will be held at the Shangri La as usual. The U.S.
Consulate General was on hand taking absentee voter registration and
announced that they will provide voter registration and ballot drop off
service for all voters next month. October 1 at CMIS from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
October 5 at Grace International School from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and finally
at Rimping Nim City on October 12 from 5-6:30 p.m.
More photos and the full story to follow in the print edition on September
Health Fair on at Central Airport Plaza this weekend
Delegates from several
Embassies in Bangkok travelled to Chiang Mai for the Health Promotion
Meeting held at The Empress Hotel. Here Deputy Governor Yokying Worakarn
(far left) is joined by the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic
of the Union of Myanmar Aung Kyaw Linn, Director of the Office of Commercial
Affairs Panjit Pisawong, Health Attaché from the Embassy of the United Arab
Emirates Mohamed Al Jarwan, and Edgar Badajos, the First Secretary for the
Philippines Embassy in Bangkok, Indian Consul for Chiang Mai Dhirendra Singh
Garbyal and Mr. Rachan Veeraphan, Honorary Consul for Bangladesh.
By Shana Kongmun
The International Lanna Health Promotion Meeting opened at the
Empress Hotel on Friday, September 21 and saw delegates from around ASEAN
participate in discussion on various health issues facing the region’s
residents. Additionally, the Japanese Consulate General supported a
discussion in Japanese discussing health issues for the many long stay
retired Japanese people.
Additionally a health fair is ongoing at the Central Hall at Central Airport
Plaza this weekend with herbal products for sale, massages, blood pressure
and eye checks as well as many health related products on sale.
The Fair ends Sunday, September 23, 2012 and is being held in cooperation
with the Ministry of Public Health, the Lanna Spa Association as well as the
Ministry of Commerce and Chiang Mai Health Service Promotion Association.
A nurse checks a visitor’s
blood pressure at the Health Fair that runs through this weekend at Central
Traditional massage is also
available at the fair.
Muslims rally at the U.S. Consulate
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A couple of dozen local Muslim residents rallied at the U.S.
Consulate on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 denouncing the controversial
Youtube movie “The Innocence of Muslims”. Additionally Chiang Mai Islamic
Committee adviser Mustafa Hassan, who led the group, read out a statement
denouncing the movie and calling on the U.S. to remove was submitted in a
letter to be presented to U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney.
Then again on Friday a small group of local Muslims paraded through Chiang
Mai city streets to the U.S. Consulate where they dragged the U.S. flag
along the street and called for the banning of the movie. The U.S. Consulate
closed access to services for both incidents.
On Tuesday about 500 Muslims rallied in front of the U.S. Embassy in a
peaceful protest that ended with heavy rain.
Chiang Mai dams safely below capacity
Kuang is currently below capacity and Director Wuttichai said it can easily
absorb rainfall which will allow water to flow into the river at normal
levels. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Paramotoring Club)
The Mae Kuang Dam is currently at 98 million cubic meters of water, or 37.5
% capacity which Wuttichai Rakasasuk in charge of maintenance at the dam,
says is normal for this time of year and well within expected parameters. He
added that the Mae Ngad Dam is also below capacity.
He noted that the dam has only overflowed twice in its twenty year history,
once in the floods of 2005 and then again during the rainy season in 2011, a
very risky situation the director pointed out. The Ping River basin has two
major dams, the Mae Kuang and the Mae Ngad, both of which are nowhere near
capacity and capable of taking overflow from the rivers.
He added that the Mae Kuang is expected reach around 130 million cubic
meters of water and that the farmers should have plenty of water to plant
50,000 rai during the dry season.
He added that the dams are capable of containing the rainfall and allowing
water to flow in the river at normal levels without causing the flooding
that hit Chiang Mai last year when the dams were over capacity.
transfer of Governor
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul expresses his love and admiration for the
“magnificent city” of Chiang Mai.
On September 4, 2012 the Cabinet approved the transfer of
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to the position of Deputy Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior effective October 1. The incoming
Governor is the current Governor of Chiang Rai; Tanin Supasaen.
Governor Panadda is a highly popular governor among the
people of Chiang Mai and both local media and social networking has seen an
outcry requesting that the transfer be cancelled as it is felt that he has
not been Governor long enough to effectively implement policy. Many say that
Governor Panadda is well known for his humility and hard work on the behalf
of the Chiang Mai people, with people calling for a petition to retain him
as Governor. It is well known that the Governor meets with residents of
Chiang Mai and an increase in grassroots activism has been seen to grow
under his tenure.
M.L. Panadda Diksul told the media that through the
course of his duties as the Governor of Chiang Mai he has focused on the
youth and would like to see Youth Centers in every District as parents
around Chiang Mai have requested. He added that helping the youth will
increase social stability.
He added that it was important to continue the work
combating the drug problem in Chiang Mai as drugs flow over the nearby
He called on the Chiang Mai people to maintain their
cultural identity and to cherish their magnificent city.
“I love Chiang Mai and will miss it very much. My two year tenure as
Governor here has served as a very valuable life lesson for me. I have made
many dear friends in Chiang Mai and will leave my heart here,” Governor M.L
Tribal Festival at 3 Kings
Festival was held at 3 Kings Monument on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The
festival featured the Chon Pao, Thai Leu, Thai Kueng. Thai Yong and Thai Yai
hilltribes. The event featured music, dancing and performances from the 5
tribes with members dressed in ethnic costume. Deputy Governor Ritthipong
Techapun opened the event. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)
Members of the Sikh community travel from Bangkok to visit new school
representing the Sikh Community in Bangkok flew to Chiang Mai on Sunday,
September 9, 2012 to travel to the newly built building at Ban Hoy Tom
School in Lamphun that was built from funds raised by the Sikh community.
The Sikh community began a program to build schools all over rural Thailand
in 2007 with each project needing from 400,000-500,000 baht. They have
funded new buildings or new schools at about 3 per year with the latest
recipient in Lamphun.
Mae Teon and Monjong
villagers want their own district
Chiang Mai Governor M.L.
Governor met with a rowdy group of Mae Teon and Monjong villagers from Om
Koi District to accept their letter requesting his support for a new
Villagers from Mae Teon and Monjong subdistricts in Om
Koi rallied at City Hall to ask Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to
support their request for the establishment of the area as its own district
named Nanthaburi which would be the 26th
district in Chiang Mai province.
They also asked that the government fix the highway in
their region as it has been damaged and portions of it unpaved for 20 years
and has made travel in and out of the area very difficult. They noted it can
take two hours for them to travel the 36km from their villages to Om Koi
along the bumpy stretch of Highway 1099.
The President of Monjong Tambon Administrative
Organization (TAO) said that the residents of the 2 sub-districts are
located far from the District Office in Om Koi, 76 km away over high
mountain roads and more than 290 km from the provincial head at Chiang Mai.
The Governor received their letter stating that it was
the government’s duty to assist people by ensuring roads and bridges are
passable. He added that he would pass their request on to the government and
recommend that the requirements to establish a new district be studied by
the Department of Local Administration and the Ministry of the Interior.
Payap Choir receives
congratulations on Silver medals
Governor Ritthipong Techapun (5th left) joins Payap’s award winning choir on
stage at the congratulations ceremony.
Payap University’s Choir took two silver awards in July
at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH USA for Mixed Chamber Choirs and
Musica Contemporanea. At a ceremony at Payap University, Mae Khao campus on
September 8, 2012 Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun congratulated the
choir members on their big win.
Payap University’s Choir is a part of the College of
Music Arts and in 2006 they won two bronze medals in the World Choir Games
in Xiamen in China in 2011, that year they also won the top spot at the
University Choral Competition.
The College of Music Arts plays a large role in the
school and the music program continues to grow with the Chiang Mai Youth
Philharmonic Band & Symphony Orchestra Foundation: CPO) and the Payap Big
Band Jazz which they intend to develop around the North.
Dr. Chaiyapruk Mekhara, Dean of the College of Music
Arts, said that this may be the last time for some time that students will
be able to compete overseas as a lack of funding is currently making a trip
to the next competition in Latvia in 2014 up in the air. The school and
choir will work hard to raise funds so they can compete in 2014.
Fireworks factory explodes, injures 3
fire and rescue were called to a fireworks factory at 11:30 a.m. in Baan Mai
Samakee after an explosion injured three workers. Witnesses at the scene
said that a house was being used for the production of fireworks and that 5
people worked there assembling rockets. A short circuit caused sparks and
ignited the materials at the scene. The fire spread quickly and caused a
loud explosion, leveling the house and injuring three women as they fled.
Farewell to the TAT Director
Chalermsak Suranant headed to Dubai
(from left) President of
the Thai Hotels Association (Upper Northern) Phunat Thanalaopanich, New
Director of the TAT office in Dubai Chalermsak Suranant and Warunee Khameru
Deputy General Manager of the Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai bid farewell to yet another popular face as
Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai office Chalermsak
Suranant heads for Dubai to take on the position of Director of the TAT for
the United Arab Emirates. On September 6 at Chiang Mai Hill Hotel, the
President of the Thai Hotels Association (Upper Northern) Phunat
Thanalaopanich and committee members hosted a farewell party for K. Tik and
for Sobthana Anprasert, Assistant Director of the TAT Chiang Mai office who
will move to Chiang Rai.
Chalermsak “Tik” Suranant
bids a fond farewell to Chiang Mai offering his welcome to next year’s road
Phunat Thanalaopanich said that the Hotel Association has
been well supported by the TAT Chiang Mai office and offered congratulations
to K. Tik for his promotion to Dubai. Next year the Northern Thai Hotels
Association will organize a road show to Dubai to promote Chiang Mai.
In his farewell speech Chalermsak said that he believes
the Middle East and Dubai especially offers a great opportunity to promote
Chiang Mai and Thailand. He said he will carry the flag for Chiang Mai in
Dubai, promoting the city’s many charms and attractions, and is looking
forward to greeting many old friends in the road show next year.
Committee and members of the Thai Hotels Association (Upper Northern) group
photo with Chalermsak Suranant and Sobthana Anprasert at the farewell party
held at the Chiang Mai Hill Hotel
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over Congress
on Science and Technology
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously
accepted the invitation of the Faculty of Science Chiang Mai University and
the Science Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage to preside over
the opening ceremony of the 38th
Congress on Science and Technology to be held from October 17-19, 2012 at
the International Convention Center at the Empress Hotel.
The Distinguished Scientist Award and Young Scientist of
the Year Award will be handed out with CMU’s Dr. Nipon Chatthipakorn
receiving the Young Scientist Award. Over 2,000 people are expected to
attend the event which is under the theme “Science for the Future of
Mankind” and will see Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Aaro Clechanover and
winner of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for women in Science 2012 Dr. Lourdes
Cruz will be speakers.
Bangkok Airways hits heights of fashion with new uniform
Airways new uniforms picked as an outstanding airline uniforms of the world
by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
Airways’ new cabin attendant uniform was acclaimed as 1 of 7 most
outstanding airline uniforms of the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine in
the article - “7 Flight Attendant Uniforms That Make Fashion Statements”.
Mr. Cliff Muskiet, a well-known critic and blogger who runs Uniform Freak
Blog, which collects flight attendant uniforms of more than 440 airlines
throughout the world said in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s website “I like
the different colors of blue they have used, and I like the variety. It
looks fresh, modern, and feminine at the same time. I thank Bangkok Airways
for keeping their uniforms so colorful. I think the blouses are great.”
Mr. Polpat Asavaprapha from ASAVA brand, who designed the new uniforms, said
“Blue stripes representing blue wave and sky is inspired from the painting
on Bangkok Airways’ aircraft. I then created stripe pattern with shades of
blue and turquoise. Silk-Poly fabric has been chosen to give a feeling of
lightness and comfort to the person wearing it. Especially for air hostess,
I designed dress in pattern of skirt and trousers mixture which offers not
only outstanding look, but also informality and flexibility.”
Condé Nast Traveler Magazine is an American magazine which is being run for
almost 60 years and has total circulation around 1,000,000 copies each year.
Under the Spotlight: Chamnan Chanruang
Metropolitan status for Chiang Mai
It seems, sometimes, that Thailand is being overtaken by
the color wheel with the newest color in Chiang Mai orange. But, as Chamnan
Chanruang points out, it’s a combination of yellow and red. A group of
people, both red and yellow shirts, started meeting after conflict broke out
3 years ago when then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was scheduled to
visit Chiang Mai and protests broke out, scaring off tourists and damaging
business in Chiang Mai.
Chamnan Chanruang is a former
Interior Ministry of Interior official and a lecturer and writer as well as
the Editor of the Rotary Thailand magazine.
Red and yellow sat down to talk together about the
economics of Chiang Mai and how everyone was affected by this. They decided
it was possible to meet and talk neutrally, to work out compromises and so
the Peaceful Thailand Network was born.
This group began to realize that part of the problem in
Chiang Mai was the centralization it, like every other province in Thailand
except Bangkok, experiences. Taxes are sent to Bangkok and important
decisions about the governing of the province are made there.
The group decided to draft a bill to establish ‘Chiang
Mai Maha Nakhon’, or, to give it the same Metropolitan status that Bangkok
enjoys. However, they want a slightly different system than Bangkok which
is, again centralized under the Governor. They want two tiers, the executive
in an elected Governor rather than one appointed from Bangkok, and a
legislature that will pass bills and laws. Finally, there would be a civil
assembly that will come from a broad selection of special interest groups in
Chiang Mai; from the Chamber of Commerce to farmers’ organizations. The
assembly would have no authority to remove the executive but would be
empowered to investigate and report to the legislature.
The only thing that would remain under the control of the
Central Government in Bangkok would be the military, foreign affairs,
banking and the judicial system.
He admitted that there would be issues with corruption,
but added those already exist and hoped that the civil assembly would help
combat corruption in the new system.
Chamnan pointed out that currently not more than 25% of
the taxes that come from Chiang Mai make it back to the Province. Under
semi-autonomous Metropolitan status Chiang Mai would send 30% of its income
to the central government and keep 70%. He added that he and other members
travelled to Japan to study the system there and modeled their system after
Clearly an issue that Chamnan has thought out, he said
that they have started circulating a petition to present to the government
to move for the change in status. Any Thai national citizen can sign; he
added, noting that they do not have to be registered residents in Chiang Mai
to do so.
“We are giving ourselves 120 days to collect enough
signatures. We need at least 10,000 to propose the bill but I am sure we can
get much higher than that.”
Chamnan pointed out that there have been 7 governors in
Chiang Mai in the last ten years, and now with the transfer of the current
governor at the end of the month it will be 8.
He said other provinces are also looking at
decentralization as well, noting that Chiang Rai has had 10 governors in 10
years, while Lampang has had 9. He added that this kind of constant change
was commonplace throughout the country.
“The new governor comes in with fresh vision but has no
authority to tackle real problems and is not here long enough to get
“In one year, Lampang had three different governors.
There is no continuity,” Chamnan pointed out. “How effective can it be when
the executive changes all the time?”
Irishman files assault
charges against brother
Motorbike dispute escalates into fight
and his wife filed assault charges against his brother with the Sansai
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
On September1, Satteerat Sukummee, age 42, and her husband, Irish resident
Mod Kennedy, age 66 filed a formal complaint with the Sansai police in
Chiang Mai reporting that his brother and some friends had physically
assaulted him after a late night drinking session.
Satteerat told police that her husband had gone to his brother’s house, P.J.
Kennedy at 78 in Tanachai Village in Sansai where he and his brother began
drinking with Thai friends of his brother. She said that the group had been
drinking heavily late into the night when her husband got into an argument
with his brother over a motorbike that he had loaned to him for a long time.
The argument escalated when the Thai friends joined P.J. Kennedy in hitting
She asked police to follow up on the assault charge as her husband had
sustained injuries to his face and head after being trapped and beaten in
the bathroom of his brother’s house.
Car thief caught in Hat Yai
Claims she did not use drugs on her breasts
“Tam” Jomnoppakun told the Police Region 5 Deputy Commissioner that while
she did steal the car she did not drug her victim.
The woman arrested in the highly publicized case of a doctor whose car was
stolen after meeting her at Warm Up Café was arrested in Hat Yai but told
police that she did not smear drugs on her breasts to drug her victim as
widely claimed in the media.
Police Deputy Commissioner Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew met with the
accused at the Chang Puak Police Station on September 2, 2012 after she was
extradited from Songkhla Province on an arrest warrant issued by the Courts.
Kittaya “Tam” Jomnoppakun, age 28 of Lampang was arrested in Hat Yai after
police investigation into the stolen car of a doctor from Tak who claimed he
met the woman at Warm Up Café on August 11, 2012. He said she had come back
to his hotel with him where they engaged in sexual intercourse and he passed
out after being drugged by drugs smeared on her breasts.
The police were able to track the car to some of the accused’s friends at
Chomdoi Condominium who cooperated with the police in revealing her
Kittaya confessed to stealing the car but said she did not have sex with the
doctor and did not drug him. She said they went back to his hotel and she
went into the bathroom. When she came out the doctor was asleep so she took
his keys to sell the car to pay her gambling debts.
Bar girl robs Danish man
Sukkaew, age 36 of San Patong confessed to police that she had robbed a
Danish man and told police the goods were stored at her home on San Patong.
A 35 year old Thai woman working in a beer bar on Loi Kroh was
arrested by police after investigation into a theft after a Danish man at
Galae Thong Towers reported many items stolen by a girl he picked up in a
bar and brought home.
On September 1, 2012 Muang District police received a report from Ken
Mortensen, age 34 of Denmark, that a girl he had brought home had stolen his
things while he was asleep.
Police studied security tape and visited beer bars where they found the
suspect, Siriluck Sukkeaw, age 36 of San Patong. They charged her with
burglary and possession of stolen goods and uncovered a mobile phone,
notebook, external hard drive and vcd player. Additionally police
confiscated the Honda Scoopy I motorbike at her home in San Patong.
Police seize property from drug trafficking gang
Valued at more than 50 million baht
seized property valued at more than 50 million baht as profits from drug
The Office of Narcotics Control Board in Chiang Mai and relevant authorities
announced the seizure of property valued at more than 50 million baht from
gang members in the North.
The coordinated operation began in the early morning hours of August 30 with
more than 300 police zeroing in on suspects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to
enact arrest warrants. Police Region 5, the AMLO, ONCB, the Pha Muang task
Force, and investigative police from Region 2 took part in the raid.
Warrants were issued by the Chonburi Court for Weera Jermthai age 38,
Korawan Jermthai age 25, Sukanjana Poonphum age 45, Ong Longjai age 31 and
the gang leader Sang Longjai or Jatuporn Jatupornphit who managed to evade
the police hunt.
Thai law allows police to confiscate property of those accused of drug
related offenses, the government seized property valued at 19 million baht
as well as 7 cars valued at 4 million baht, 5 motorcycles, gold jewelry
valued at 2.3 million baht, Buddha images, 3 guns, computers and electronic
items as well as 627,485 baht in cash and 11 bank accounts.
Pol. Col. Teerapol Jindaluang, the Deputy Commander of Investigations for
Police Region 2 said the arrest was an extension of the investigation into a
drug trafficking group that has been operating in Chonburi. Since 2011 they
have arrested many drug dealers in Chonburi and seized property valued at
more than 30 million baht. He added that investigations led them to the ring
leaders in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
7 million baht in cash seized from Lisu man
Lahu man arrested for selling Yaba
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
On August 31, 2012 two Lahu men were arrested by Border Patrol police with
22,000 methamphetamine tablets and 20,000 baht in cash. This came after an
investigation earlier in the month had led police to Japa Waretae’s house in
Mae Rim where they found 789,300 baht in cash, 4 baht weight of gold
jewelry, and a shotgun but Japa managed to escape from the police.
An undercover sting operation led police to apprehend the suspect two weeks
later in Mae Ai with an accomplice. Police also confiscated their motorbike
On September 2, 2012 Police Bureau Region 5 Commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen.
Suthep Dejraksa announced the arrest of 35 year old Lisu man Pairoj
Duangmadee with 7 million baht in cash and 30 methamphetamine pills in
Police arrested the suspect after a search at a police checkpoint on the way
to Chiang Rai. The accused confessed to police that he had been hired to the
car to Chiang Rai for 50,000 baht.
The police believe the cash was destined for purchasing more drugs and the
30 pills were simply sample goods.
On September 6, 2012 half a million Yaba tablets were found stashed in a
pickup truck driven by two Hmong men from Mae Taeng. Sakthichai Jitkran age
38 and Sirachat Saethao age 28 were arrested when the pickup they were
driving was stopped by the Pha Muang Taskforce at a checkpoint in Chai
Prakan at 4 a.m. The police searched the truck as the two men were acting
suspiciously, one man even reading the newspaper upside down as they waited
for the police.
A search yielded half a million methamphetamine tablets packaged up and
hidden in the body of the truck. The two men confessed to police that they
had been paid 200,000 baht each to deliver the drugs to Taladthai in Pathum
A Lisu man
was arrested driving a modified pickup truck to Chiang Rai with 7 million
baht in cash destined for a drug network.
Stash of war weapons uncovered in Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
A major weapons trafficker was arrested by the Mae Fah Luang police in
Chiang Rai province on August 31, 2012 and police uncovered a stash of war
weapons in his car.
stash of war weapons destined for the Red Wa Army were uncovered in Chiang
Acting on a tip off that a shipment of weapons was being transported from
Mae Chan to Mae Fah Luang, the police set up a checkpoint checking cars and
trucks along that route.
Police uncovered the weapons in a pickup truck and the driver confessed to
carrying them for two men from Bangkok to be sent to the Red Wa Army of Col.
Ja Lor Bo. This is the fourth such shipment the confessed accused to
transporting through Chiang Rai.
Forecast for scattered heavy rains
Municipality is installing more flood barriers along the Ping River near
Nawarat Bridge as a precautionary measure to stave off potential flooding.
(Photo courtesy of the Chiang Mai Municipality)
The Thai Meteorological Department is
forecasting widely scattered showers with isolated heavy rain across the
North in the next few days with the lower North. The Ping River is slowly
rising with levels reaching 2.55 overnight. The river floods at 3.7m.
Current levels can be found here:
Levels remain fairly steady and the
Muncipality is putting into place concrete retaining walls and more sandbags
as a precautionary measure. Rainfalls this year remain slightly below
average and both Mae Ngad and Mae Kuang Dams remain well below capacity.
The TMD is forecasting showers and
isolated heavy rains for the next few days as a high pressure area extends
over the upper portion of Thailand affecting the monsoon trough.
CM Zoo wants you to name the baby marmoset
Mai Zoo is calling on students and visitors to help name the baby Common
The Chiang Mai Zoo’s Common Marmoset or
Callithrix jacchus has given birth and the Zoo is calling on locals to join
the baby naming contest.
The Common Marmoset is a very small monkey with a relatively long tail that
is native to South America. The Common marmoset is a small multicolored
monkey, sprinkled with brown, grey, and yellow. The marmoset has white ear
tufts and a banded tail. Their faces have pale skin and have a white blaze
on the forehead. In the babies, the ear tufts develop later.
Marmosets feed on the gum, latex and resin of trees and their sharp claws
reflect this diet, they also eat insects and fruits, seeds, flowers, fungi,
nectar, snails, lizards, tree frogs, bird eggs and infant mammals. Marmosets
live in large, stable groups of around 9 members and usually only a few are
allowed to breed. However, every female will help take care of the infants.
Contact the Zoo for further information on helping to name the baby
180 million Baht in Yaba seized in Phrao
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Acting on a tip off, Chiang Mai police set up a checkpoint in Phrao
where they seized a huge haul of methamphetamine from four hilltribe men.
The police stopped two pickup trucks and while one truck yielded nothing the
other had 600,000 tablets of Yaba hidden in the body of the truck. The men
claimed that they had only recently purchased the trucks and did not realize
there were drugs hidden in the truck.
However, intelligence sources had told
police that a drug trafficking ring had paid the suspects 500,000 baht to
smuggle the drugs over border from Myanmar to Chiang Mai where the drugs
would then be distributed on to Bangkok.
The drugs carry a street value of over 180 million Baht.