Pattaya Daily News

12 May 2008 :: 13:05:13 pm 11393

Joint Illegal Drugs Suppression Operation Between Pattaya Police And Us Navy

The Narcotic Suppression Commissioner and Pattaya Police declared they were mounting a joint operation to control the widespread use of illegal drugs in the Pattaya area. This step has been taken to provide assurance to the US Navy that the Pattaya authorities are making every effort to provide a safe and secure venue for naval personnel currently participating in the joint US-Thai military collaboration exercise ,"Cobra Gold 2008", who are taking R-&-R in Pattaya City. Pattaya Police and the Narcotic Suppression Department managed to seize 55 offenders.
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On May 12, 2008, at Pattaya Police Station, Pol.Lt.Gen. Wuthi Lipatapanlop, Narcotic Suppression Commissioner, Pol.Maj.Gen.Amaretrit Watanapibool, Narcotic Suppression Commander, Pol.Col.Jamnong Ratanakul, Deputy Commander, and Pol.Col.Nopadol Wongnom, Pattaya Superintendent, with US Navy officers, jointly declared the start of Operation Rattlesnake 2008, a, drugs blockade operation in support of the government’s illegal drug suppression policy. This is yet another co-operative enterprise between the US and Thailand, who have enjoyed friendly relations for more than 175 years.

The operation managed to successfully apprehend 55 offenders, 45 males and 10 females, engaged in selling Yah Bah (Amphetamine), Yah Ice (Methamphetamine) and Ganja (Marijuana) in beer bars, discotheques and pubs around Walking Street, Pattaya Beach Road, and Pattaya 2nd Road. 122 Yah Bah tablets, 2.2 grams of Yah Ice and 43 bags of Ganja were seized and will be used as evidence.

Pol.Lt.Gen. Wuthi Lipatapanlop, Narcotic Suppression Commissioner, declared that the Thai National Police, following the strategy of Pol.Capt. Chalerm Yu-bamroong, Minister of the Interior, had prioritized drug suppression in tourist venues. The Narcotic Suppression Commissioner said it was particularly important to give a good impression of their efforts and to enhance the good name of the country to the US Navy, whose 6,000 troops, currently engaged in “Cobra Gold 2008″, regularly enjoy the nightlife in Pattaya after training exercises

After the press briefing, police officers went walk-about in the entertainment venues along Walking Street, South Pattaya, and emphasized the need for regular and volunteer police to keep a wary eye out for criminals or tourists who might bring drugs or carry weapons into the venues. It was further stressed that all venues should have prohibition signs on notice boards at their entrances.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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