Crime crackdown launched on Koh Samui to clean up its image

Military and police forces launched a crackdown on dark influential figures on Koh Samui as part of the campaign to put the house in order.

Four suspects were arrested and five guns of unspecified calibres as well as ammunition were seized on the first day of the crackdown, code-named Fa Sarng (Dawn), which focused on five targets in Tambon Bor Phud on Koh Samui.

No details were available about the arrested suspects.

Lt-Gen Piyawat Narkwanich, commander of the Fourth Army Region, said Friday that the clean up operation which was the first of its kind on Koh Samui was necessary because of the widespread drug abuse problem, crimes and dark influence problem.

He said that the crackdown would continue until Koh Samui and neighbouring islands such as Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan are rid of dark influence, drug abuse and other crimes which have tarnished the reputation of Thai tourism.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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