Almost 600 people were arrested in a large crime suppression operation in the North as part of a security crackdown ahead of the mobile Cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai today and tomorrow.
Fifth Region Provincial Police Commissioner Lt-General Tanitsak Teerasawat yesterday labelled the operation "very successful".
Tanitsak said 581 offenders were arrested for offences in a range of categories - firearms, drugs, illegal immigration, gambling, entertainment zoning law violations, sexual harassment and robbery - or were wanted under an existing warrant.
Alleged drug and firearm offences were by far the most |common at 209 and 160 arrests, respectively.
Tanitsak said 168 guns, 102 bullets, 116,292 amphetamine pills, 69 kilograms of methamphetamine, 48 kilograms of opium and 15 motorcycles were seized.
"The crime suppression operation was ordered directly by national police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang to be one of the security procedures for the mobile Cabinet meeting at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre," he said.
"The operation was very successful. I have to say thank you to the police officers and the other agencies which took part in this operation."