The news about big busts of Ya-Ice recently in Bangkok is interesting, because of the case of police in the Metropolitan Police Division 4, arrested two offenders with 6-kg of Ya-Ice. In another case the ONCB co-operated with the Navy to apprehend another big drug dealer with 6-kg of Ya-Ice. Furthermore, officers from the Huai Khaung Police Station arrested a New Zealand tourist with his Thai girlfriend, who had produced Ya-Ice themselves to sell their clients.
Interestingly, the use of Ya-ice is expanding much faster than Yabba did, even though it is much more expensive. Police Lieutenant General Klitsana Pholanan (ONCB Secretary-General) stated that the ONCB had been observing the expanding use of Ya-Ice and it was now turning into a severe situation. When looking back over the statistics during the last 5-years, they are showing a dramatically increasing amount of arrests and higher quantities of the drug being seized now.
Over the last two months, the big Ya-Ice dealers were apprehended in many cases, included the cases of 15-kg seized by the ONCB, 10 kg seized t by police, dozens of others caught by ONCB co-operation with Burma. In 9-months, the amount was 90-kg in total, whereas in 2008 it was only 53-kg. “Ya-Ice use was mostly expanding in Bangkok and the bigger cities where it has become popular, because Cocaine has been difficult to buy and must be transported over greater distances, so its use has decreased” said the ONCB Secretary-General.
Police Lieutenant General Pholanan added that the Ya-Ice has been spreading much more, because production can be done more easily in neighboring countries, as their war situation is more violent. Accordingly, minority groups have been trying to produce and sell Ya-Ice in order to have a fund for fighting. The price of pure Ya-Ice at the Thai borders is 1-1.2 million baht per1 kg, with the lower grade at about 800,000 baht per 1 kg. Investigation discovered that there hundreds of kgs. more of Ya-Ice waiting to be moved into Thailand. Ya-Ice is the narcotic that is classified as Type-1 for activation into the mind and nerves, according to 1979 Narcotic Thai Laws. Its danger and composition is similar to Yabba but Ya-Ice is more active, which equals it to the starting compounds in Yabba. The amount of methamphetamine contained in Ya-Ice for 90% while Yabba is only 10%, and it usually appears in crystal or transparent ice form.
The ONCB Secretarial-General explained, – “The sources of Ya-Ice in Thailand (especially in Bangkok), sees it transferred from minority groups in the neighboring countries to the north of Thailand, exactly the same as Yabba.” At the same time ONCB is watching out the Middle East countries, such as Afghanistan that have also been starting to market this as well, with Iran being the main importer which lately has seen many offenders caught.
In the case of foreigners who produce Ya-Ice themselves, by learning the method from a website, the Secretary-General of ONCB referred to this as “kitchen lab production” which was discovered a lot in America. A fundamental study found that “kitchen lab production” was not so popular with drug dealers, so the main sources have been from the large factories, whilst drug transportation is done via big networking groups, as these costs are normally very high.
Police Lieutenant General Pholanan has explained more that in the past, transferring Ya-Ice across the Thai border at the south of Thailand in small quantities had reduced, because many of the supplying factories were captured so that the situation had eased. However, the price of Ya-Ice from the north of Thailand is only 1-million baht per kg, but immediately upon arriving in Bangkok, the rate will be double, then the final retail rate will be 5-million baht per kg.
Ya-Ice has to be separated into single grams for sale, which pushes its price rates higher so there are some pretty profits for buyers. The movie stars and the wealthy favour its use widely, but it is not popular yet in the general community, but Yabba is still being successfully marketed. However, officials have had a plan to do student surveillance, because now there are selling networks in student groups, within many institutions. “Having a party with drugs, selling in residential rooms instead of other venues, makes it more difficult to detect,” added The ONCB Secretary-General.
As the part of prevention measures and control, Police Lieutenant General Pholanan stated – “The ONCB will focus on wiping out the dealers networks simultaneously with drug users’ treatment, so that he dealer network’s capture is expected to be effective in cutting out the drug user cycle. Moreover, the strategy of the “Five Defenders Project” will be continuing on anyway, in line with government policy.” They will be interested in together such as the border, the villages, the social, the school as well as the family.
“Every part of society has to participate in drug prevention, but now I worry about the new generation, who are addicted to using the drugs which effects their minds and nerves much more. The drug types of Alprasolam or Ya-love and dried-alcohol are not difficult to buy in the pharmacies or some clinics, many of which were selling illegally. It has been stated that these will be the turning point to using Ya-Ice later. This problem is based on consultation to be resolved in cooperation with the Ministry of Heath” Police Lieutenant General Pholanan explained.