Pattaya Daily News

16 December 2012 :: 18:12:40 pm 69497

Corrupted Cops Served As Drug Couriers

Five high-ranking Thai police officers and three civilians were arrested on charges of smuggling methamphetamine tablets through north Thailand in police vehicles. The drugs were smuggled across the border from Burma and transported to Bangkok and nearby provinces.
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BANGKOK – December 15, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: the arrests of eight people, included 5 police officers for drug smuggling was announced by Pol. Capt. Chalerm Ubamrung; Pol. Gen. Adun Sangsingkaew, commissioner of Royal Thai police office, and Pol. Lt. Col. Chaiwat Chotima, the commissioner of Drug Suppression police.

The five arrested police officers were Pol. Lt. Col. Thammanoon Narkbua suppression inspector; Pol. Maj. Capt. Jittipong Sochai, vice suppression inspector; Pol. Sen. Serg. Maj. Attapol Kamsan; Pol. Sen. Serg. Maj. Sakkapong Shiangnun; and Pol. Sen. Serg. Maj. Nonthawat Pansa, the squad leader of the suppression department of Uan police station Nan.

The three arrested civilians were identified as Mr. Wicharn Laomee, Ms. Benjaporn Tiangkinnaree, and Mr. Udomsak Saetern.

A police investigation had uncovered a drug trafficking network that transported methamphetamine tablets through Northern Thailand to sell to clients in Bangkok and nearby areas.

Police seized 1 million meth tablets that was hidden in fertilizer bags, and covered by durians while transported in vehicles with official Royal Thai Police stickers.

Police investigators discovered that Pol. Maj. Capt. Jittipong was the man who convinced Pol. Lt. Col. Thammanoon and 3 senior sergeant majors to join the illegal drug smuggling operation. One of the civilian suspects, Mr.Udomsak, imported the meth into Thailand from a “Mr. Lee” of the Mong tribe in Takeelek, Burma.

After entering Thailand, the drugs were sent to the network in Chiang Rai, where the tainted police officers help transport the meth pills to the Bankgok area. Some of the drugs were sent to Samut Sakorn and then sent to small clients for 2,000,000 baht in payment.

After their arrests, the immediate dismissal of the 5 police officers was ordered by Pol. Capt. Chalerm Ubamrung, the Deputy Prime Minister. He then set up a committee to investigate the situation.

In addition, he commanded enforcement units to be more strict at police checkpoints, to prevent drug networks from trying to take advantage of increased traffic during the New Year festivals to smuggle drugs.

Officers were directed to search in every kinds of cars at checkpoints, including police vehicles, and especially those from north Thailand.

Category : Crime News

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