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15 August 2009 :: 16:08:57 pm 8790

2 Women Arrested For Bribery In Sattahip Drugs Case

Pattaya, August 15,[PDN]: On the 15th August 2009 two women attempted to bribe officials in Sattahip for the release of a drug dealer, "Jang Gong Teuy”, who had been arrested the previous day on possession charges. The women were themselves arrested following a sting operation, and will be charged with bribery.
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Mrs. Suchada Sookkum, [40], originally from Pijit province, had called Mr. Surachet Keawkom, the Sattahip district deputy, to offer 80,000 baht cash to close the case. An appointment was made and Mrs. Suchada, accompanied by Ms. Supaporn Tepnoum, [33], residing at Moo. 4, Plutaloung, arrived at the Sattahip District office and brought the money to the Sattahip district-chief officer.

While Ms. Supaporn was counting the money, a team of officials from the Prevention and Suppression Division of the Sattahip Naval base officers secretly took their photos and then arrested them both with the cash as evidence. They were then sent to the Sattahip police station for further investigation.

The man they were attempting to release was arrested on the13th August during a sting operation, also carried out by 10 members of the Naval base team.

Mr. Jang Gong Teuy, a 37-year-old drug dealer who lived at house No. 23/11 Moo 6, T. Sathib , was delivering Yahbah to his agents in Soi Jamjuree, Moo. 6, Sattahip. After sitting in his car for 3 hours, he went into a shop to buy some drink. He was shocked to see the police who were lying in wait and immediately pulled out his gun, but the officials managed to suppress him. He was found to be in possession of 400 Yahbah tablets and a bank account book containing 1 million baht.

Mr. Surachet Keawkom revealed that the Sattahip District had co-operated with the team from the Sattahip Naval Base to use their undercover officials to purchase Yahbah from Mr. Jang who was known to be major dealer. The information had been given by Mr. Ek [alias], a 30-year-old agent, who was acting as one of his customers.

Mr. Chanchai Iem Jarern, the Sattahip district-chief officer, said drugs are now widely spread among adolescents, students, workers and foreign workers in the fishing boats. He added that the Sattahip Naval Base Protection And Suppression Division, village volunteers and the village headman are now working together to gather more information related to drugs in the area.

As for the attempted bribery, he noted that the two women must have been closely involved with Mr. Jang Gong Teuy to be brave enough to bribe the officials. He said this would be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. He also suspected that it could have been a set up officials from another department who wanted to discredit or ruin the government officials’ reputation.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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