Thailand, Malaysia join forces in drug raids
Crackdown at Penang netting hundreds of millions of baht worth of narcotics draws global attention
Close cooperation between Thailand and Malaysia authorities was behind the recent success in cracking down on two major drug factories in Penang, Malaysia, whose products were partly destined for the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.
News of the crackdown may not be well-known in Thailand, but it has drawn the interest of anti-drug agencies around the globe.
Between last Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday, the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of Malaysia raided two drug factories in Penang and arrested two men and a woman -- all Malaysian-Chinese -- at the scene.