High-Ranking Thai Official Warns of Narcotic Threat from S-E Asia A Visiting High-Ranking Official from Thailand's Narcotics Authorities Underlined the Importance of Close Cooperation between Korea and Southeastern Asian Countries to Crack Down on Drug Trafficking

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High-Ranking Thai Official Warns of Narcotic Threat from S-E Asia A Visiting High-Ranking Official from Thailand's Narcotics Authorities Underlined the Importance of Close Cooperation between Korea and Southeastern Asian Countries to Crack Down on Drug Trafficking


He warned that, otherwise, Korea could be a main victim of the ``dreadful substance'' from the drug-prone region.

``As you know, many countries in Southeast Asia are suffering from prevalent drugs, but the problem is not limited to the region only, according to its borderless characteristics,'' said Chartchai Suthiklom, 47, deputy secretary-general of Thailand's Office of the Narcotics Control Board.

He is on hand for the three-day Anti-drug Liaison Officials' Meeting for International Cooperation (ADLOMICO), which opened in Seoul yesterday.

Attended by some 130 high-ranking and working-level officials involving narcotics control from 22 countries, the 12th annual gathering is focused on mapping out efficient countermeasures to the spread of amphetamine-type stimulants.

Most of all, the 20-year-career narcotics investigator pointed out that Korea should be wary of the threat of methamphetamine, or ``hiroppon'' in Korean, which is emerging as one of the most popular stimulants, along with Ecstasy.

``Methamphetamine is getting more dominant, as it is much easier to manufacture and cheaper, compared with heroin,'' said the 20-year-career narcotics investigator in an interview with The Korea Times.

He explained that the drug is usually distributed in two forms -- a powder called ``Ice'' and a tablet dubbed ``Yaba.''

``Currently, Yaba is more consumed than Ice in Southeast Asia, and vice versa in Korea. …

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