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  • ONCB and AITF discover 28,000 Colorful Ecstasy pills

    The Office of the Narcotics Control Board in the Ministry of Justice (ONCB) in cooperation with the Airport Interdiction Task

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    The Office of the Narcotics Control Board in the Ministry of Justice (ONCB) in cooperation with the Airport Interdiction Task Force (AITF) discovered over 28,000 imported ecstasy pills. A Thai woman was arrested after a shipment came in via post from France. Inside the box was a large ziplock bag filled with 4,120 colorful ecstasy pills. Officials received information about a home related to the suspect where they found 24,000 ecstasy pills. This brings the evidence to a total of 28,120 ecstasy pills found on 8 October 2019.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    Niyom Termsrisuk from the ONCB reported that the Control Board has seen growth in the use of ecstasy in Thailand. Although the drug targets a specific group of users, mainly those in the nightlife scene. There has been a consistent growth of ecstasy cases from 2014 to 2019. The number of patients for ecstasy treatment and rehab also continues to rise. Common issues related to long term ecstasy use is PTSD following the use, effects that cause conflict in day to day life.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    Even Though ecstasy is not one of the main drugs with high use in the country such as Yaba pills and Crystal meth, the Prime Minister has ordered an emergency regulation to protect and help fix drug problems in the nation. Focusing on decreasing the demand for drugs among the people. Somsak Thepsutin the Justice Minister has reinforced the regulation to find international drug smugglers and to protect against drug use, especially in the case of high-risk groups. This is children and teenagers aged between 15 to 24 years old. The ONCB asks for cooperation from entertainment business locations and related sectors including parents and teachers to help keep close watch the children. Protect them from getting involved with drugs.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    Facebook Caption: There has been a consistent growth in the use of ecstasy from 2014 to 2019. The main groups of users are regulars in the nightlife scene.

     

    Source: INN News

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    18 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Long cool season begins today

    This year’s cool season begins (Oct 17, 2019) and ends in the middle of February next year, the Meteorological Department

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    This year’s cool season begins (Oct 17, 2019) and ends in the middle of February next year, the Meteorological Department reported.

    This is good news for Thais and foreign visitors who enjoy cool weather. In the upper part of Thailand, temperatures may plunge to around 20-21 degrees Celcius, with fog in the morning.

    However, the eastern part of southern Thailand from Chumphon province downwards will experience heavy rainfall during November and December.

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    18 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Most Thai’s are living paycheck to paycheck

    GoBear is an international financial supermarket that allows consumers to compare insurance and banking products with the goal to improve

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    GoBear is an international financial supermarket that allows consumers to compare insurance and banking products with the goal to improve consumers’ financial health. Recently, GoBear has revealed on 17 October 2019 information that shows Thai citizens’ financial lifestyle. Results are not the best but it’s not shocking considering many aspects. 49.8% of Thai’s aged between 18 to 65 years old have only enough money to cover day to day life after paying off all monthly bills.

     

    Credit: Sanook
    Credit: Sanook

     

    The highest percentage of people living paycheck to paycheck is the age group of 36 to 45-year-old citizens coming in at 53%. Following is the age group 56 to 65-year-olds and 26 to 35-year-olds coming in at 51% living paycheck to paycheck. When this information is placed beside further data below where most Thais want to retire at age 53, it makes no sense at all and makes us think whether we should re-schedule our lives on reality.

     

    Benjarong Suvarnkiri from ME by TMB stated that Thai people are facing “Shortage of Money” where 25% of the people have to pull money back and forth to cover payments and other costs in each month, moving money from one location to another and repeating the cycle to make ends meet. Thailand’s percentage of citizens facing money problems is higher than most nations in Southeast Asia including Indonesia, even though we have a higher average income than Indonesian Citizens.

     

    Credit: Sanook
    Credit: Sanook

     

    GoBear also reported that 15% of Thais have no savings in case of unemployment at all. Most Thais want to retire at the age of 53, this is faster compared to the average opinion of citizens in other economic zones including Hong Kong, Philippines, and Indonesia. Even Though the goal to retire comes in quite early, Most Thais start saving money or start making investments much later than citizens in those 3 countries. The problem follows when there is no money to use when retirement age arrives.

     

    Facebook Caption: Survey reveals that most Thai people want to retire at 53, but over half are living paycheck to paycheck, and 15% have no savings at all.

     

    Source: Sanook, GoBear

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    17 October 2019
    MONEY
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  • Taxi driver leaves passenger to look for bathroom in heavy traffic.

    A taxi driver had to go to the bathroom so bad that he decided to let the passenger drive the

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    A taxi driver had to go to the bathroom so bad that he decided to let the passenger drive the car while he looks for a toilet. This incident took place on one of the worst roads to be on while the busy hour takes place on the Ladprao – Ratchayothin Road. The story was shared by the passenger on his Facebook “Pakapak Sankhasundara”. This story helps prove how bad the traffic can get in Bangkok.

     

    Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara
    Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara

     

    Pakapak stated in his post posted on 15 October 2019 “An eye-opening experience for me today. I called a taxi from Ladprao and the car was stuck in traffic at the Ratchayothin Intersection for 20 minutes without moving. The driver turned on the air conditioning up it was like he had a pet penguin in the front seat. Of Course, he ended up having to use the bathroom so bad.

     

    Suddenly he jumped out of the car without warning me first at all. The driver said, “Please drive the car forward!”. He then ran to the side of the road and disappeared. I quickly jumped out and sat in the driver’s seat. Then the traffic started moving, I tried to look for the driver and he still hasn’t found a toilet. He was walking on the side of the road. As he saw that the car has moved forward to the SCB Bank exiting the intersection, he ran like his life depended on it and I tried to drive the car as slow as I could.

     

    I decided to turn left with the fear of getting hit from behind, thankfully he made it just in time. He still hadn’t gone to the toilet and there were no gas stations ahead. The driver suggested whether he should just do it right by the road in front of the long lines of traffic. He decided to not do so as the people walking by might yell at him.

     

    Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara
    Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara

     

    I continued to drive and suddenly remembered that there was a community mall called Box Space up ahead. I told him “Uncle there’s a restaurant up ahead I’m sure there’s a bathroom”. The driver responded “No, I’m afraid I can’t find it” to which I reassured him “Don’t be afraid I’ll find a bathroom for you”. As soon as I made the turn he jumped out of the passenger seat and ran, the car was still moving. For a moment I thought he would have to come back to my Condo.”

     

    It’s lucky the driver had a passenger who knew how to drive a car and knew the locations in the area or the story might turn out much more terrifying.

     

    Credit: Sanook
    Credit: Sanook

     

    Facebook Caption: Suddenly the driver jumped out of the car and said: “Please drive the car forward!”. He then ran to the side of the road and disappeared.

     

    Source: Sanook, Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara

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    17 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Asok BTS Pickpocket thief and Indonesian Skimmer Couple arrested.

    The Tourist Police reported the arrest of Kasem Masan Jantaro 44 years old on 16 October 2019. The suspect had

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    The Tourist Police reported the arrest of Kasem Masan Jantaro 44 years old on 16 October 2019. The suspect had pickpocketed foreigners using the Bangkok Skytrain, he was reported and arrested with all the evidence pointing in his wrong. He was arrested at the Asok BTS Station with evidence in his pocket being 4,600 THB in cash and 4 credit cards that he managed to get from tourists visiting Thailand.

     

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

     

    The police were notified from the Skytrain Security Team of a pickpocket thief going around the station pickpocketing tourists. The victims described him as a middle-aged man who was thin with pale skin and was wearing a white shirt. The police found him as he tried to run away from the scene. His criminal record shows that Kasem was prosecuted for drug charges in 2015 and robbery charges during the night in 2016.

     

    Kasem stated that this is his first time pickpocketing tourists. He needed more money to look after his family. Kasem normally works as a food seller in the Huay Kwang market, but business was slow.

     

    The next case is the arrest of an Indonesian skimmer gang. Alexander Eddilias 32 years old and Estie Rusdiana 33 years old from Indonesia were arrested under the charges on possession of fake credit cards, possession of someone else’s credit card, and possession of skimming devices to steal and use information from someone else’s credit cards.

     

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

     

    The police were notified from several banks that there have been purchases made using fake credit cards. Investigation revealed that the suspect is staying in a room around the Pratunam area in Bangkok. Officials arrested the suspects in their room and found evidence being 1 computer, 1 skimmer machine, 22 fake credit cards, 2 credit cards that did not belong to the suspects, and 24 credit card receipts.

     

    The suspects stated that they purchased information from the Dark Web. They then used the data and stored it in the magnetic stripe on the fake credit cards. The couple would go shopping in big busy malls in hopes of not attracting any unwanted attention. Their actions have caused approximately 2 Million THB in damages.

     

    FB Caption: The police were notified from several banks that there have been purchases made using fake credit cards, damages exceed 2 Million THB.

     

    Source: Khaosod

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    16 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Big assets seized from drug dealers

    In the biggest suppression operation this year, Thai police and US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers yesterday (Oct 16, 2019)

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    In the biggest suppression operation this year, Thai police and US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers yesterday (Oct 16, 2019) swooped on three houses owned by three alleged drug traffickers, two of whom are women, the Thai-language daily Khao Sod reported.

    Altogether, more than 100 million baht worth of assets were seized from the alleged traffickers, who live in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, and Sukhothai provinces.

    In addition to six million baht in cash, the officers seized nine cars, four motorcycles, 40-baht weight of gold, 10 expensive wrist-watches, and 16 bank books worth 25 million baht.

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    16 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • 3 Municipal Officers fired, bribed by street food sellers.

    3 Municipal officials in Khlong Toei District, Bangkok got in trouble after information leaked that they have been accepting money

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    3 Municipal officials in Khlong Toei District, Bangkok got in trouble after information leaked that they have been accepting money from local street food sellers in exchange for special treatment. A video taken on 11 October 2019 showed a municipal officer accepting money from the hands of a fruit seller while two other officers were also present.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    Skonti Pattiyakul the Deputy Bangkok Governor reported on the issue. An investigation was done on all 3 officers and results found them all guilty of accepting bribery. There are orders to release all 3 from positions tied to the government and release them from the position of municipal officers for the time being. There will be further investigation next week to find a final answer and report it to the Bangkok Governor.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    Bangkok Municipal officials are responsible for the cleanliness of Bangkok City. This includes forbidding sellers to sell on the street and pedestrian walkways. It is well known in Thailand that municipal officials often check the streets on Monday, this is why some streets may seem extra clean on Mondays. The sellers will avoid getting in trouble with the officials and choose to make Monday as their day off for the week.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    In some areas where there is high traffic, the sellers will have someone stand and keep watch. If an officer is approaching they will give a signal and the sellers will gather their items in minutes before going into their hiding spots. Of Course, the sellers return when the official leaves. This is a common sight on the BTS bridge in Victory Monument, Bangkok. These officials in the pictures had no idea that they were being recorded, and one of them accepted the money in broad daylight.

     

    Facebook Caption: The video showed a municipal officer accepting money from a fruit seller while two other officers were also present.

     

    Source: INN News

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    16 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Woman arrested on drug charges after almost 20 years on the run.

    The Immigration Police reported the arrest of Tatchathamat also known as Chatamach. Chatamach has an arrest warrant issued in her

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    The Immigration Police reported the arrest of Tatchathamat also known as Chatamach. Chatamach has an arrest warrant issued in her name from the Criminal Court in the year 2000 on charges of methamphetamine possession with the intention to distribute the substance. During the same period of time, 10 foreign suspects were also arrested by Thai officials. This includes 2 Nigerian men tied to a romance scam case, 1 Russian man tied to a fraud case in his country, and the arrest of 7 women for works relating to prostitution in Thailand.

     

    Credit: Amary Road
    Credit: Amary Road

     

    Chatamach went on the run while she was let out on bail. She flew to hide in Australia and stayed so long that she received an Australian Citizenship. The Investigation had discovered information that Chatamach was actually named Miss Wang in Australia. Then this year the Biometric system showed that Wang recently traveled into Thailand on 4 October 2019.

     

    Officials successfully arrested Wang in Thailand. The suspected admitted that she changed her name in hopes of changing her identity and has been on the run for almost 20 years in Thailand and in Australia.

     

    Officials also arrested Onyekach and Fean from Nigeria on charges of illegally entering into Thailand. The police believe both suspects have ties to the Amuji Odu Gang and his Thai wife arrested on 6 July 2019. The couple is responsible for romance scams carried on for 2 years with damages amounting to over 2 Million THB.

     

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    Another case is the arrest of Sergey from Russia in Chonburi Province. Sergey had committed fraud in his country related to construction scams amounting to over 20 Million THB in damages. Furthermore, the Chonburi police also arrested 7 foreign women working as prostitutes in Pattaya’s famous Walking Street. 3 were from Egypt, 2 were from Uzbekistan, and 3 were from Africa.

     

    Facebook Caption: The police also arrested 10 foreign suspects tied to other crimes in the same period of time.

     

    Source: INN News

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    16 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Man arrested after writing fake ticket to get 800 THB from GF.

    A man was arrested after he wrote a fake traffic ticket to get some money from his girlfriend. The incident

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    A man was arrested after he wrote a fake traffic ticket to get some money from his girlfriend. The incident took place in Nong Khai Province. The man was interviewed by the Nong Khai Police on 14 October 2019 at 11.00 in the Investigation Section Room.

     

    Credit: Workpoint News
    Credit: Workpoint News

     

    Stapakorn Kodpetch 23 years old works as a Thai Soldier in Udonthani Province was arrested for faking a ticket and lied to his girlfriend for 800 THB. The picture of the fake ticket was shared online revealing the strange method Stapakorn used to get money, but it truly led him to trouble with the law. Police Colonel Kasem Mutaporn from Nong Khai Police was notified on 10 October 2019 that a ticket had been issued by one of their traffic police officers.

     

    The ticket looked as if it was made by hand on a blank piece of paper. On the paper wrote that Stapakorn needed to pay fines for 2 violations, 1. For not wearing a helmet while driving a motorbike on the road, and 2. The Compulsory Motor Insurance on the motorbike he was driving had been expired for 1 month and 17 days. The fine for the first violation was written down as 300 THB and the second violation was 500 THB, coming to a total of 800 THB. Stapakorn also wrote the name of 2 police officers at the end of the ticket, claiming that they were the officers who issued the ticket.

     

    Credit: Workpoint News
    Credit: Workpoint News

     

    Pol.Col. Kasem received confirmation from the traffic police that no such ticket was issued by any of the officers. They also checked the security cameras and found no footage of Stapakorn as he claimed. There was also no footage at the police station that recorded Stapakorn coming in to pay any ticket fines. There were no officers at the station with the names as written on the ticket. Pol.Col. ordered the investigation police to find Stapakorn and ask him to come in for a talk.

     

    Officials found Stapakorn in his home and invited him to the police station. Stapakorn admitted that he made the story up, including the fake ticket. He needed some money and remembered that he always had fights about not wearing a helmet when driving with his girlfriend. He figured that she would believe the story and help him pay the fine. The girlfriend lived in another province, they just had a fight about this so he gave it a go.

     

    Credit: Workpoint News
    Credit: Workpoint News

     

    Stapakorn printed the Royal Thai Police Stamp from the internet and wrote a ticket under the stamp. He then sent it to the girlfriend asking for the 800 THB. In the Line chat, Stapakorn stated “The police wrote this for me. He said it’s already in the computer system”. To make it more believable he also complained about the officer who wrote him a ticket. The girlfriend believed him, but then she sent the picture to a friend who was a prosecutor.

     

    This lead to the discovery of Stapakorn’s action. He faces charges of forging a government document and violation of Thailand’s Cybercrime Act B.E 2550 (2007). Pol.Col. Kasem confirms that the Thai traffic police will use ticket forms and then sign the ticket, unlike the ticket Stapakorn made that was all written by hand. Not only is this wrong, but you will be prosecuted.

     

    Credit: Workpoint News
    Credit: Workpoint News

     

    Facebook Caption: Stapakorn works as a Thai Soldier in Udonthani Province was arrested for writing a fake traffic ticket so he could get 800 THB from the girlfriend.

     

    Source: Workpoint News

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    15 October 2019
    LOCAL
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  • Thailand enters Cold Season on 17 October 2019.

    Thailand Meteorological Department officially announced that the nation will be entering the cold season on 17 October of this year.

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    Thailand Meteorological Department officially announced that the nation will be entering the cold season on 17 October of this year. The cold season will last longer than last year extending to February 2020. The average temperature throughout the cold season will also be lower compared to last year, with the coldest period starting on December 2019 to January 2020. This year’s cold season is expected to last for 122 days compared to in 2018 when the cold season lasted only 117 days.

     

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

     

    We’re happy to hear that the cold season will last longer this year with a lower average temperature throughout the nation. The lowest average temperature will range from 20 to 21 C, last year in 2018’s cold season the lowest average temperature was 21.9 C.  Some areas are expected to have heavy fog in the morning, especially on days with warmer temperatures. Some provinces in the South of Thailand will have heavy rain in the cold season, especially in November to December 2019. Other provinces in Thailand will face rain but not as bad as provinces in the South. Citizens in the South are warned to beware of flash floods from rivers and the forests.

     

    Thailand is a tropical climate country, even in the cold season, the sun is going to be bright and temperatures will remain humid and hot in the daytime. The good thing is, the cold season always comes with fresh winds and much lower temperatures after sunset and early mornings which is definitely a good break from the constant heat all day, every day. After the cold season comes the official Hot Season that definitely lives up to its name. Normally hot season will begin in March or May of every year.

     

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

     

    Fun fact, the coldest temperature recorded in Thailand was not up in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, it was in Sakon Nakhon Province at a freezing temperature of -1.4 C recorded on the 2nd of January year 1974.

     

    Facebook Caption: We’re happy to hear that the cold season will last longer this year with a lower average temperature throughout the nation.

     

    Source: Khaosod

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    14 October 2019
    AROUND TOWN
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