Laos nabs 33 suspected drug dealers: ministry

2017-02-15 17:39:45 GMT2017-02-16 01:39:45(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

VIENTIANE, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Lao Ministry of Public Security said on Wednesday that 33 suspected drug dealers in Laos have been arrested recently.

Thonglek Mangnomek, Director of the General Department of Police under Ministry of Public Security in capital Vientiane, said anti-drug police of the General Department in cooperation with relevant authorities, have arrested 33 suspected drug dealers, including five drug kingpins in a major crackdown launched on Sep. 16, 2016.

Among them, a transnational drug kingpin Xaysana Keophimpha was arrested along with three countrymates in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan. 19, after escaping an attempted arrest by Lao police.

Asked if Laos will request Thailand to extradite Xaysana to be prosecuted in Laos, the Brigadier General said there would be a need to look into the relevant laws of the two countries first.

On Jan. 10, Khonepasong Soukkaseum, alias Xiengtheu, a Lao drug lord Lao police claim is bigger than Xaysana, was arrested along with three associates, in Lao capital Vientiane.

On Feb. 14, 2017, police officers detained people who had tried to bribe police officers in exchange for the release of the arrested drug lords for around 860,000 U.S. dollars per drug lord, said the Lao police officer.