Security tightened at northern border to Chiang Mai


CHIANG MAI, Oct 29 – Local security units have deployed more personnel for stringent security measures along the route from Thailand’s northwestern border to Chiang Mai’s city centre following an official warning of a possible influx of 500 million methamphetamine pills into the country.

At Phahong checkpoint in Chaiprakan district, police and military manning the checkpoint searched buses and vehicles arriving from Mae Ai district bordering Myanmar. Passengers’ belongings and identity cards are being thoroughly examined to prevent illegal migrants and drugs from slipping into the city.

The measures were implemented after intelligence reports indicated that 500 million meth pills are likely to be smuggled across the border into Thailand. Drug smugglers are reported to have transported drugs to a number of border villages preparing to carry them to Thailand by every possible means.

Security personnel are also on alert for fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants in drug cases who may mingle with other passengers.