From the Phuket News:
PHUKET: Region 8 police have seized over 100 guns, knives and other contraband items during a one week anti-drug and crime campaign leading up to the Loy Krathong Festival.
Royal Thai Police Deputy Commander Gen Chalermkiet Srivorakarn and Deputy Commander Maj Gen Pisit Pisutsak announced the haul at a press conference held yesterday (Nov 23) at Phuket City Police Station.
In the period between November 17-23, Region 8 Police which comprises of seven of the 14 Southern Thai provinces; Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, Chumporn, Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat, seized 119 illegal firearms (one military weapon, 25 rifles, 93 pistols) and 732 bullets, and arrested 120 suspects with illegal firearms.
Also during the campaign police arrested 744 drug suspects, seized 401,425 of methamphetamine pills (ya bah), 1,285 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), 1,294 grams of marijuana and 456 kilos of kratom. They also arrested 31 wanted criminals and 61 people involved in 21 gambling cases.
Deputy Commander Gen Chalermkiet explained, “There have been several recent cases of people using weapons to attack or try to kill others, or to destroy property.
“The police have been cracking down on these things with the aim of decreasing the number of criminals in their responsible area to ensure tourists’ safety, especially during the festival season.”
He added, “Loy Krathong will be on November 25 and many people will celebrate by floating krathongs on rivers, canals or the sea, and some places will set up all sorts of entertainment such as music and fireworks.
“We expect many people to participate in Loy Krathong this year and this will cause a lot of traffic and crowded places, which can often lead to problems such as crime, drug taking, accidents, public nuisance or gang related activities.
“When festivals take place it is often a time when criminals are active, police are aware of this and try to prevent crimes or incidents occurring.
“All police departments have been advised to prevent crimes, water incidents, accidents from fireworks and fire crackers, and also to keep the roads clear and provide security during the festival and crack down on drug and crime prior to the festival period to ensure the safety of the people during Loy Krathong.”