U.S. Government Supports Royal Thai Government to Fight Drug Trafficking

On December 16, the United States donated electronic equipment with a value of approximately $20,000 to the Royal Thai Government to fight drug trafficking and transnational crime as part of a longstanding U.S.-Thai law enforcement partnership.  Consul General Sean O’Neill, joined by DEA Chiang Mai Resident Agent in Charge John Grindean, presented the equipment to the Deputy Commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau Police Maj. Gen. Pornchai Charoenwong.

The equipment included 17 Dell laptop and seven Dell desktop computers for use by a joint Thai-U.S. task unit to combat drug trafficking in Thailand.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chiang Mai Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU) in Chiang Mai is a vetted task force comprised of investigators from the Royal Thai Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB); the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB); and the Provincial Police Narcotics Suppression Unit (PPNSU).  DEA Agents and Intel Analysts are embedded in the unit and act as agent advisors to provide investigative mentorship, operational funding, intelligence sharing and technical assistance to Thai colleagues.  The mission of the SIU Program is to train, equip, and support a specialized unit within Thailand that initiates and brings to completion complex drug investigations involving the cooperative development and sharing of intelligence in order to target, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute major international drug trafficking organizations.

“The United States is proud to support Thailand in stopping drug traffickers who try to hurt our families and communities in Thailand and the United States.” said Consul General Sean O’Neill.  “U.S.-Thai security and law enforcement cooperation strengthens border security in both the United States and Thailand.”

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