Having received reports of the widespread sale and usage of illicit drugs in the Soi Korphai community off South Pattaya Road, the deputy superintendent of Pattaya police station led a team of police officers to investigate on January 13.
Random urine tests were conducted on suspected drug users, proving that 8 people were on drugs.
As a bonus, police found that illegal gambling was also rampant in the community. They arrested 6 people, including one foreigner, who were enthusiastically gambling away.
The deputy police chief said that the government was concerned about the widespread use of illegal drugs in Thailand which also led to other criminal acts. They have ordered the police to suppress these crimes as top priority. “Our investigators are working fervently to locate and arrest drug dealers big and small.”
He said that the campaign was ordered by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiava who wants a 20% reduction in the overall crime rate in Thailand by June this year.