The narcotics were destined for Hat Yai.
When: February 8th, 2021
Where: Khlong Luang district, Pathum Thani province
Perpetrator: 11 arrested, ages 17 to 43
What: On February 8th, 2021, police in Pathum Thani announced a large bust of the drug network “Fat Xiang Tueng”, where 11 individuals were arrested.
According to the report, 4.16 million yaba tabs, 9 kilograms of ice, 5 kilograms of cannabis, several vehicles and motorbikes were seized in the bust.
Three of the suspects were arrested due to trafficking drugs from Chiang Rai to central Thailand between November 29th 2020 and January 24th 2021. The drugs were stored at the house in Pathum Thani after being brought in from Chiang Rai, and from Pathum Thani they were transported to southern Thailand.
The drug network Fat Xiang Tueng delivered the drugs to an “influential” person in Hat Yai more than 7 times.
A shooting at the end of January 2021 is tied to the network as well.
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My take: The bust highlights one of the path that narcotics takes through Thailand. With origins in the Golden Triangle border regions of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, stopping in central Thailand, then being further transported to the southern border regions like Hat Yai before going into Malaysia.
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