The Bangkok South Criminal Court has indicted Chinese businessman Chaiyanat Kornchayanant, alias “Tuhao,” and 40 other suspects on a number of counts, including trafficking in illegal drugs and money laundering.

Charges include illegal firearms and ammunition possession, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, operating an entertainment facility without a license and employing foreign nationals, working without a work authorization, and housing illegal immigrants, among other offenses.

The Golden Triangle drug trade, which has grown in recent years, is allegedly subsidizing the Chinese crime leaders’ acquisition of Thai passports, identities, and land, according to the Thai police.

Most alarming are claims that these gangs don’t fear either the police or the law because Thai laws are applied laxly and secretively.

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