The Region 8 (including Phuket) Police crimes crackdown from December 19th to December 23rd seized 88 firearms, 1,199 bullets, and 430,029 methamphetamine pills.
A press conference held yesterday (January 11th) at the Region 8 Police Station based in Maikhao, Phuket was led by Deputy National Police Chief General Surachate ‘Big Joke’ Hakparn.
More than 517 places were searched in seven provinces: Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong, and Phuket.
In total 88 firearms, 1,199 bullets, 430,029 methamphetamine pills, and 305 grams of crystal methamphetamine were seized and a total of 619 suspects were arrested. Most firearms were seized in Nakhon Si Thammarat, followed by Surat Thani and Chumphon.
Big Joke told The Phuket Express and other media that the crackdown was aimed to ensure safety during the Christmas and New Year festival in touristic provinces to prevent and reduce crime and drugs.”