Pattaya Daily News

20 January 2010 :: 15:01:05 pm 9342

Drug Mules Arrested with Huge Haul of Class-1 Substance

An investigative police taskforce setup to deal with escalating drug problem in the Sattahip area has led to the arrest of two dealers and a substantial quantity of the class-1 drug Yabba.
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Pattaya, the 20th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Vice-Admiral Theerawat Srithaporn (Drug Battle Center of Sattahip Naval Base) received information from Capt. Suranan Saengrattanakul (Special Performance Center Chief) explaining that Mr. Somsak Thapklad (Jomtien Police Superintendent) required the Soldier and Security Volunteers to accompany Mr. Surachet Kaewkhm (Sattahip Deputy Superintendent) to arrest two drug dealing suspects in the area. The suspects were believed to be in possession of a significant quantity of class-1 drugs which were to be distributed in and around the Sattahip and Bang Chang area.

 

Sattahip Marshal Chanchai Ieamjarern, Captain Saengrattanakul along with the Sattahip Deputy Superintendent, Jomtien Superintendent and Security Volunteers successfully apprehended the two suspects Mr. Akkapol Dejjarern [27] from Sriracha, and Mr. Issara Yajai [33] from Baan Chang, Rayong, in a room at the Silver Lake Resort near Buddha Mountain, Kao Shee Jan. The pair were arrested in possession of over 9000 Yabba tablets and a black rental Toyota Vigo pickup, registered in Rayong. Both men now face serious class-1 drug charges and if found guilty could be handed life imprisonment or the death penalty.

After being interrogated by the police, the two suspects confessed that they were involved in the buying and distribution of drugs, but explained that they were answerable to Mr. Weerayut Waranon (Pao) who referred to himself as a Police Commisioner. Mr. Waranon is the person believed to be running the operation and has been a target for local police divisions for some time, although he is still at large. The two men explained that, for the distribution of 10,000 Yabba tablets, a wage of 20,000 Baht was to be paid upon completion of the job via an electronic money transfer at an ATM. The two offenders were given strict instructions by Mr. Pao to rent a room and hire a car to transport the Yabba from Khao Nang Yong. They were informed that if ever they were caught by police, they were to explain that they were staff members of Commanding Officer Tom, in order to be released. Failing this they were then to call Mr. Pao in order to clear the problem with the arresting officers.

After giving their confessions and naming the person in charge as Mr. Pao. Deputy Superintendent Kaewkham stated that he had obtained a copy of Mr. Pao’s photo and private registration records confirming that Mr. Pao was in fact the person that the suspects had named. A warrant from Pattaya City Court was issued for his arrest. The officers went to Mr. Pao’s residence, but later discovered from the offenders that he had left to visit another drug mule who had been arrested in the Yasothorn Province.

During the investigation into Mr. Pao, police discovered that he was not a local resident and had bought the house with laundered money to be used as a base for his drug distribution operations. It is believed that Khao Nang Yong may also be were the illegal drugs are produced.

The two suspects have been arrested and detained in police custody awaiting further judicial proceedings to commence. The local police taskforce is continuing to investigate the case of Mr. Pao, eagerly awaiting his return to the area.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Crime News

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