Over 800 Suspects Caught on the Mekong River in New Drugs Clampdown

Over 800 Suspects Caught on the Mekong River in New Drugs Clampdown

A total of 812 drug crime suspects have been arrested as part of a joint anti-drug campaign launched by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand on the trans-boundary river of Mekong, Xinhua reported.

A cargo ship heads upstream toward China on the Mekong River in Myanmar. (Christopher Brown)

A cargo ship heads upstream toward China on the Mekong River in Myanmar. (Christopher Brown)

Drug trafficking has long plagued transportation on the Mekong river, which runs through the opium-producing Golden Triangle Region.

Launched around mid-April, the ongoing two-month drive also included seizure of 1.93 tonnes of drugs and a batch of firearms and ammunition, said Lan Weihong, a Chinese official for the mission’s headquarters, in Yunnan province Monday.

The suspects are from China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, the official added.

Bodies recovered from the Mekong River

Bodies recovered from the Mekong River

Several drug rings preying in the region are believed to have ceased operation in the wake of the crackdown. The murder of 13 Chinese sailors by a gang in the waters of Thailand in 2011 had renewed concerns over the safety of the busy trading route.

Drug Lord Naw Kham was recently executed in China over his roel in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River

Drug Lord Naw Kham was recently executed in China over his roel in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River

The four nations — China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand — have conducted regular patrols on the river since a joint statement Oct 31, 2011 vowed to take actions to crack down on cross-border crime and secure transportation along the waterway.

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