HEADLINE Thai government shows no mercy to combat drug trafficking


Thai government shows no mercy to combat drug trafficking

By Sun Guangyong | People's Daily app

21:09, February 24, 2018


Gang Pan Tao checkpoint in Chiangmai, which is 40km to the Thai-Myanmar border. (Photo: Sun Guangyong/People’s Daily app)

Facing the increasingly serious situation of drug trafficking, Thai government has stepped up efforts to crack down on it. They set up hundreds of checkpoints at the border and main roads leading to the mainland to block drugs into Thailand.


Thai military police checks drugs at the checkpoint. (Photo: Sun Guangyong/People’s Daily app)

The borderline with Myanmar, more than 500km in the north of Thailand, is the main channel for drugs from the Golden Triangle to flow into Thailand, which account for ninety percent of total drug deals.


Safe Mekong Coordination Center. (Photo: Sun Guangyong/People’s Daily app)

Established in 2013, “Safe Mekong Joint Operation” aims at information exchange and judicial cooperation on combating drug trafficking among Thailand, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. In a campaign against drug trafficking in 2016, 12.7 tons of drugs were seized in just three months.

(Compiled by Zhao Dantong, Video edited by Liang Peiyu)

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