Mon 8 May 2006
Filed under: News,On The Border
The military is deploying the latest technology in its efforts to deter drug trafficking across the Thai-Burmese border, and has also increased its presence in the area, the Bangkok Post reports.
Pa Muang task force commander Wanatip Wongwai said a new remote sensor device was helping the unit suppress the drugs trade across the border more effectively.
He was speaking during a patrol operation at the border in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fa Luang district, in response to reports that smugglers were planning to bring 200kg of heroin across the border to Ban Mong Kao Lang.
Maj-Gen Wanatip said the sensors could detect anyone crossing the border and transmit the data instantly to the main surveillance centre.
”This device is of tremendous benefit to the anti-drug operation in Mae Ai district in Chiang Mai.
”We’ve been able to intercept six drug dealers and confiscate the illegal substances that came with them, including speed pills and heroin, on the spot,” said one soldier, who declined to be named.
Security patrols in Mae Sai are as intense as those in Mae Fa Luang district.