The US Embassy told Phuketindex:
Operation Hot Spot is a program that the U.S. DEA is carrying out with the Royal Thai Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau. The program was launched on August 25 of this year, and consists largely of an aggressive community outreach initiative which solicits the public to provide drug, money laundering, and terrorism-related information to law enforcement agencies. Similar joint DEA/RTP meetings have taken place in northern Thailand, Udorn, and Pattaya, and now Phuket.
The concept for Operation Hot Spot is to target the largest drug trafficker in the region, WEI HSUEH KANG, the UNITED WA STATE ARMY, and other high level drug trafficking organizations within Asia. The DEA and NSB have produced informational products for distributed in areas with a high propensity for drug trafficking, “HOT SPOT”, throughout Asia.
These Hot Spots include known trafficking routes, border crossing points, entertainment venues, shipping ports, transportation stations, and other locations used by drug traffickers. The informational products will be emblazoned with our website at WWW.DEA-REWARDS.COM, our 24 hour 7 day a week hotline at 66(2)-205-4444 and a solicitation to the public to provide drug, money laundering and terrorism related information. These informational items have been manufactured in ten languages so they can be distributed to ethnically diverse groups.
In conjunction with the distribution of these informational products, NSB, along with the DEA, will launch an aggressive media campaign seeking drug, money laundering and terrorism related information. The website WWW.DEA-REWARDS.COM is an essential component of this program and one of the main avenues on which we can receive information.
The site has been active since June 1st of this year and, without any advertising, we have already seen the potential this initiative holds. We have received numerous leads from Thailand as well several countries around the world. These leads show great potential and are under investigation.
Many of the leads already received were provided without any request for a reward payment demonstrating the public’s willingness to assist law enforcement.
Operation Hot Spot is a program that allows the public to get involved in making their communities a better place.
Press Attaché, U.S. Embassy Bangkok