New bridge at Chiang Rai
Officials in Chiang Rai are readying themselves for the launch of the newest Thai-Lao friendship bridge on December 11th , 2013 .
Chiang Rai governor Phongsak Wangsamoe on Thursday disclosed that the construction of the 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge was almost complete, and preparations were underway for the inauguration ceremony on December 11. The newest land link to Laos would act as a passageway into and from China. After the launch, more tourists are expected to visit Thailand, and there will be an increase in the amount of trade in goods. Currently, work is underway to finalize work for the immigration and customs points at the bridge, added Mr. Phongsak.
Regarding the benefits for locals in the province, residents will make more income from selling locally-made products. He added that Mae Sai, Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong districts in the province are slated to host economic zones and merchandise distribution centers in the future. Then it is good news for people in Chian Rai and Thailand to travel to Laos .
Chiang Rai drug bust
Two men were arrested with a large quantity of methamphetamine and “ice”, or crystal methamphetamine, with a street value of more than 100 million baht in a joint suppression operation in Thoeng district of Chiang Rai province on Sunday, officials said in a press conference Sunday.
Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotic Control Board (ONCB), said the operation was carried out by a combined force of the border patrol police, Pha Muang Task Force and Rangers Task Force 31.
Acting on information obtained in an intelligence operation, the authorities intercepted two pickup trucks in front of Wiang Thoeng Kindergarten in tambon Wiang of Thoeng district on Sunday and arrested two men – Jaroon Khamnoi, 56, and Prasong Saen-arthit, 34, both natives of Nan province.
Found in a search of the two vehicles were 496,000 methamphetamine pills and 30kg of crystal methamphetamine, worth altogether about 100 million baht.
Pol Gen Pongsapat said the drug haul followed a close watch on deliveries of drugs to five communities – Wat Duangkhae, Saphan Pun, Wat Phrayakrai, Surao Daeng and Wang Som in Bangkok and on 69 drug dealers.
It was learned that the drugs delivered to these communities were supplied from the North by drug networks of a man called Jo and a woman identified as Suchinda Thuaypha, alias Jeh Phen, 43, who received the drugs which were smuggled across the border from Myanmar to Chiang Rai by a drug gang under Lt Col Yi Se.
The two men were delivering the drugs to the five Bangkok communities, Pol Gen Pongsapat said.