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01 April 2010 :: 17:04:02 pm 17230

Bt6,500,000 Heroin Traffickers Caught In Sting Op. Sentenced

Two Thais and one Burmese were convicted of heroin trafficking after being caught in a sting operation by the Chiang Rai Narcotics Suppression Bureau, which netted Bt6,500,000’s worth of heroin. Two of the convicted, who denied the offence, are to be executed, whilst the other, who pleaded guilty, had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment.
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30 March 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]:  Three heroin traffickers were convicted after a police sting operation, spanning Chiang Rai and Bangkok, at the Bangkok Criminal Court that sentenced two of them to death and transmuted the other’s sentence to life imprisonment because he alone had confessed.

The three, out of a gang of at least four, who were caught were named as Wirot Jaranphonlertsin [25], Soraphong Khwanjiraphan [31] both from Chiangrai, and Jase Tanai-u [25], a Burmese national. The three drugs offenders were caught by a sting operation carried out by officers of the Chiang Rai Narcotics Suppression Bureau at both Lotus Ratchadaphisek Department Store’s car park, Bangkok and Piyaphorn Place Hotel in Chiang Rai.

On the night of 14 January, 2010, undercover officers from the drug squad had met Soraphong and Jase in Room 402 in the Piyaphorn Place Hotel, Chiang Rai, to negotiate the sale of 6.9 kgs of heroin, with a street value of Bt6,500,000. Initially, the heroin dealers weren’t satisfied with the price offered by the police and asked for more. Subsequently, when the dealers had satisfied themselves that all was in order vis a vis the money, Wirat was sent by taxi to Bangkok to deliver the 20 bars of heroin to more undercover drug squad officers in the car park of Lotus Ratchadaphisek Department Store, Bangkok. In both locations, officers took surreptitious photos and noted conversations so as to incriminate the defendants.

 All three defendants were later arrested in situ and later charged with possession of a Class 1 drug, namely heroin, with intent to sell. Another suspect, currently unnamed, was also involved in the deal, but escaped capture. The evidence presented before the court consisted of 20 bars of heroin, weighing 6.9 kgs. individually covered with paraffin-coated packaging and heavy brown wrapping paper in plastic bags, as well as 3 of mobile phones, and other unspecified items.

Wirat, the ‘mule’, confessed to all charges and as a result will escape the death penalty, being sentenced, instead, to life imprisonment. The other two, Soraphong and Jase, however, denied the charges and having been found guilty will be sentenced to death.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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