Coffin business gains from drug war deaths


  • AseanPlus News
  • Tuesday, 18 Mar 2003

THE business of death is alive and kicking in Thailand.  

Sales of coffins have skyrocketed since Feb 1 when the government launched an all out war against drugs.  

With the death toll exceeding 1,500, funeral parlours are running at maximum capacity.  

More people have also gone into the coffin trade.  

In the southern town of Nakhon Sri Thammarat where the numbers of those gunned down are among the highest, 10 new businesses have begun.  

The keen competition has also spawned more innovative ways of getting customers. Some of the touts employed by coffin dealers even wait at hospital wards for those who were shot to die.  

As the hunt for the “big fish” in the drug trade intensifies, police suspect some dealers were resorting to plastic surgery to change their faces and assume another identity.  

One suspected dealer, Somsuan Siriying, 49, was arrested in her home last week, after she returned with her face covered in bandages.  

The woman, dubbed the “methamphetamine godmother,” however dismissed allegations that she was a drug trafficker with assets worth 200 million baht (RM18mil).  

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