Pattaya, the 22nd of September 2010 [PDN]: Held from Pattaya City Hall, a congregation of local authorities, administrators, government officials, representatives from the private sector and a representative of the US DEA announced the commencement of Operation ‘Hot Spot’ in Pattaya and several other key locations throughout Thailand.
Present at the press release were; Mr. Senee Jitkasem (Chon-Buri Governor), Major-General Sorasak Yenprem (Narcotics Suppression Bureau Division 2 Commander), Mr. Itthiphol Khunpluem (Pattaya City Mayor), Major-General Thanet Pinmeung-ngam (Chon-Buri Provisional Police Commander) and Special Agent Jeffery Eig from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Royal Thai Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiated the campaign in various target locations. Jointly held in cooperation with Chon-Buri provincial administration, authorities, Pattaya City administration, local authorities and the private sector the campaign is aimed at aggressively targeting of the prevention and suppression of drug related activities via public awareness.
The campaign, commencing on Wednesday, involves the distribution of various informational products emblazoned with the www.dea-rewards.com website, a hotline telephone number (02 205 4444), photographs of the nations most wanted drug traffickers and a solicitation to the public to aid authorities by providing drug, money laundering or any information leading to the stifling of drug related crimes.
The informational packages have been manufactured in ten languages for distribution amongst a diverse selection of Pattaya’s ethnic groups. Supported by over 1,000 members of the private and government sectors informational products will be distributed at entertainment venues, shipping ports, transportation hubs and other locations known to be frequented by drug traffickers.
At the press conference, authorities stressed the importance of the dea-rewards.com website and telephone hotline in creating avenues for the public to provide information urging residents and tourists to come forth. Already the NSB and DEA have received dozens of leads from the public after similar campaigns were enacted in the Kingdom, leads showing great potential, which are now under full investigation.
Many of the leads already provided to authorities were given under no request to claim rewards, showing the publics willingness to assist in stamping out one of the biggest threats in today’s society.
Operation ‘Hot Spot’ is a program, which allows you, the people, to get involved in making your community a better and safer place. For more information please contact Atiporn Jirantorn at 66 84 360 2876.