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Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted By Thai Authorities

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Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

An Iranian counterfeiter known only to authorities as “The Doctor” was arrested on Monday by immigration police following a raid on a house in Chachoengsao province.

Hamid Reza Jafary, 48, who has been living and operating his criminal empire out of Thailand for the past 25 years, produced a Brazilian passport in the name of Eliseu Moraes when asked to identify himself.

Under questioning he soon conceded the passport was a forgery and gave immigration officers his real name and nationality before revealing the names of five Pakistani associates who were soon rounded up and brought in for questioning.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

Thai authorities having been on the trail of “The Doctor” for years, coming close on several occasions to catching him only for him to vanish. A major breakthrough in tracking him down came when his name was revealed in a separate case.

The Immigration Bureau commissioner, Nathathorn Prousoontorn, said on Tuesday at a press conference that Jafary was the kingpin in a major counterfeiting ring who produced “mirror” quality passports that were difficult to detect.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

The Iranian, and the five Pakistani “middlemen” were paraded in masks and sunglasses along with the evidence seized yesterday that included 34 machines for printing passport covers imported from China, special paper used to for passport pages, 18 blocks to print watermarks, a Thai visa stamp for the immigration office in Nong Khai plus fake Thai visas and over 170 fake passports.

It was revealed customers would make contact with the Pakistanis via the internet to place their orders and after paying between 50-80,000 baht the forged passports were then dispatched via international courier companies to the customers, mainly from the Middle East.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

Jafary and his five middlemen, identified as Cheeman Ahsan Javed, Amer Buit, Rahim Khan Pathan, Gohar Zaman and Muhammad Tariq, were all charged with numerous offences and remanded pending further legal proceedings.

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Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi

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A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.

The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.

Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.

Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.

Breaking Bad Thailand Edition

Breaking Bad Thailand Edition

Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.

A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.

During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.

Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.

He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering

Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.

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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.

Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.

The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.

Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.

No reason was given for the sudden change.

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Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1

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This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.

Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.

The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.

Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.

CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks

Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1

The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.

While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.

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