The Ministry of Justice has set a goal to seize 10 billion baht from drug sellers next year.
On a separate note, the ministry said the new narcotics bill could help reduce the number of convicts and relieve density at prisons.
Minister of Justice Somsak Thepsutin announced the outcomes of Thailand’s narcotics prevention and suppression, while outlining the new narcotics code that will enable agencies to adopt a more proactive approach to drug suppression.
According to the announcement, this new narcotic code bill will help officials better track down key players in drug trade and enable retroactive seizure of assets.
The Ministry of Justice has set a target to seize 10 billion baht worth of assets from drug rings with 5% of the amount at 500 million baht to be given as rewards for informants.
The minister on this occasion expressed his satisfaction with the work of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in the past year, notably international cooperation in the suppression of international drug networks, investigations leading to the seizure of assets worth 7.3 billion baht, rehabilitation campaigns for drug addicts, the legalization of Kratom, and the drafting of 3 new drug-related laws.