Big Joke orders extra security on Mae Sai border in search for wanted drug lord

Major General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has ordered extra security and searchers along the Myanmar border in Mae Sai as part of a search for a wanted drug lord.

The wanted man, Mr. Punnawit Prathum is allegedly the head of a drug gang called “Angel Solo” (transliterated from Thai) that is involved in drug manufacture and distribution across the region.

Along being wanted for his role in drug trafficking, Prathum is also wanted by Khon Kaen Police for the execution-style murder of a 17-year-old that was posted to Facebook.

Footage from the Mae Sai – Tachilek border shows increased vehicle inspections by both immigration officials and Royal Thai Army soldiers.

Army and border police have also been put on alert for Mr. Prathum as it’s believed he will try to flee the country into Shan State, Myanmar, where much of his illegal drug business takes place.