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23 foreigners arrested for drug offences on Thai party island

 

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23 foreigners and 4 Thai nationals have been arrested for drug offences following a series of raids on Koh Phayam in Ranong province.

Koh Phayam is one of the lesser known Thai islands but officials have said it has become a haven for drug taking foreigners as marijuana and amphetamines are readily available on sale at local bars.

On Saturday 9th March, a team of 50 officers from Ranong Police, Tourist Police, military and district officials raided bars across the island.

27 people who were tested at the scene were arrested after failing drug tests for marijuana and amphetamines.

Further tests carried out later at Ranong hospital confirmed the presence of drugs in their system.

All those arrested were taken to Ranong Police Station.

Police said they will continue to crackdown on the illegal drug trade on Koh Phayam.
 

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Source: Daily News

 

 

 
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This is immoral. By all means arrest drug pushers who sell to kids, the vulnerable, and those who steal and rob to pay for their drugs.

 

However arresting people for having drugs in their system is simply not in the public interest (unless those are operating vehicles or dangerous / complex machinery).

 

I can't see the harm in people smoking a bit of weed or taking some tablets at a party at all. 

These cops would be better assigned elsewhere seeking real criminals 

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30 minutes ago, z42 said:

I can't see the harm in people smoking a bit of weed or taking some tablets at a party at all. 

These cops would be better assigned elsewhere seeking real criminals 

 

What you perceive as harm and what the law says are two different things, and Thai law trumps your view.

 

"real criminals" you mean people who are breaking the law? You know, like people who are taking drugs that are illegal here.

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"Koh Phayam is one of the lesser known Thai islands but officials have said it has become a haven for drug taking foreigners as marijuana and amphetamines are readily available on sale at local bars.

Police said they will continue to crackdown on the illegal drug trade on Koh Phayam."

 

To continue the crackdown, means that the crackdown was already ongoing!  Had that been the case, marijuana and amphetamines would not have been readily available on sale at local bars!

 

They'll have to find a new word; this "Crackdown" crap just isn't working!

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If drugs are a problem they want to stop, cracking down on the supply, the bars where "pot and speed are readily available" would be the place to start. 

 

Allowing bars to sell the drugs and only arresting the users  is just maintaining a constant source of revenue for the police. 

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3 minutes ago, Guitar God said:

Allowing bars to sell the drugs and only arresting the users  is just maintaining a constant source of revenue for the police.

Well, yessss! You’ve nailed it ?

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Hardly a party island but this was bound to happen. Pseudo Thai hippies opening beach side bars and jungle bars by squatting on land and putting up ramshackle premises offering ganja and meth. Boom Boom bass techno "music" keeping people up late. The island had a very laid back relaxing atmosphere but as elsewhere in Thailand, the unstoppable march of "progress" takes place and it will soon be another concrete jungle.

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46 minutes ago, mickymouse1 said:

Readily available at local bars ,sold and supplied by locals.Why the Police allowed it in the first place? 

 

Readily available at local bars ,sold and supplied by local Police, allowed it in the first place? 

 

Sorted that out for you :)

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3 hours ago, z42 said:

This is immoral. By all means arrest drug pushers who sell to kids, the vulnerable, and those who steal and rob to pay for their drugs.

 

However arresting people for having drugs in their system is simply not in the public interest (unless those are operating vehicles or dangerous / complex machinery).

 

I can't see the harm in people smoking a bit of weed or taking some tablets at a party at all. 

These cops would be better assigned elsewhere seeking real criminals 

I really can't agree. People, locals and tourists have to understand and accept that there are laws against using (not only trading with) drugs in this country and whilst in Thailand they have to abide by such laws. I have to abide by the laws in Saudi Arabia not allowing me to consume alcohol, or my wife swimming , so I don't do it or I don't go there. I think it is up to the authorities to see to it that the laws are abided by, or change the laws.

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