With 96 drivers and officials having been arrested over the Kata-Karon phase of the operation and 12 more warrants still outstanding. task force investigating chief Major General Praveen Pongsirin said: ''We will get them all.''
Some of the 12 plus some likely targets from Patong, which is to form the next phase of the operation, are believed to have already left Phuket for other parts of Thailand.
''The homes of all 108 people charged in connection with the Kata-Karon phase of investigations will be checked for signs of unexpected wealth,'' the major general said.
Anti-money laundering and Public Service Anti-Corruption officers are now involved in tracing money through bank books and other documents.
''More potential witnesses are coming forward all the time for the Patong phase of the probe,'' Major General Praveen said. The Patong phase begins after July 15, when all the cases from Kata-Karon are due to be submitted to the Phuket Public Prosecutor.
The monopoly held over Phuket by the island's bullying tuk-tuk and taxi drivers for the entire 21st century was finally broken this week when a task force of 1150 soldiers, police and volunteers began arresting suspects for intimidation and extortion and smashing ramshackle taxi base shacks erected on public land.
The coup in Bangkok on May 22 led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha came at an auspicious time and gave regional police chiefs and local authorities the additional support they needed to act against the thousands of drivers, who number as many as 4000 across Phuket.
General Prayuth's pronouncements against corruption match those of Patong's newly elected mayor, former Democrat MP Chalermlak Kebsub, who went with demolishers to some of the taxi shacks in Patong yesterday.
A total of 22 taxi shacks have tumbled in Patong along with others across the island. Khun Chalermlak told a veteran taxi driver in Kalim, the bay north of Patong, that times have changed for the better.
The driver, who had been operating at the same shack for 17 years on public land, told Mayor Chalermlak: ''The old mayor let us stop here.''
''Everybody has to now aim to follow the law,'' she told him. ''I know some people will feel hurt, but they have to understand.''
A series of arrests has also been made over three street blockades on Phuket that inconvenienced thousands of travellers in April and May, with the suspected ringleaders taken in for questioning.
For those who might have additional information, Major General Praveen's telephone number is 081 8936083.