Pattaya Daily News

11 September 2012 :: 11:09:57 am 66478

Police Sting Punctures Laotian Drug Pipeline

A Bangkok taxi driver and his wife were arrested in a Baan Chang house during a police “sting” operation to buy 4,000 methamphetamine pills. The drugs were smuggled from Laos in a drug network run by a former Thai prisoner living in Laos.
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SATTAHIP – September 10, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 7 p.m., an arrest was announced of a drug-dealing couple by Vice Admiral Chainarong Charoenrak, the Commissioner of Sattahip naval base; together with Rear Admiral Tawee Pikulthong, Chief of Staff of Commander Unit of Marine Corps, and the special operations unit from the Center to Fight against Drugs, Sattahip naval base.

The couple were arrested during a police “sting” purchase of the meth pills in a house at 172/45 Moo 1, next to the Baanchang municipal sporting field, Tambon Baanchang, Amphur Baanchang, Rayong province.

The suspects were identified as Mr. Nattaphong Palamit, age 35, occupation taxi driver; and his wife, Ms. Supattra or Oh Sriyai, age 26, residing at 118/1 Moo 3 Tambon Thangphra, Amphur Phothong, Arngthong province.

Police charged the couple with possessing and selling a Type-1 drug (amphetamine). The seized evidence included 4,000 amphetamine tablets and 40,000 THB bank notes used by police to buy the drugs.

Police also seized Mr. Nattaphong’s taxicab, a green-yellow Toyota, license number MOR CHOR-1927 Bangkok.

The arrests resulted from prior police investigations. They discovered that the two suspects were part of a Laotian drug network of “Mr. Khong,” an ex-prisoner of Klong Prem prison in Bangkok, who is currently staying in Laos.

The drugs were smuggled across the border from Laos to sell in the Chonburi and Rayong provinces, as well as the Sattahip naval base sailor camp.

Police set up the “sting” purchase of 4,000 meth tablets and arranged to make the deal at the Rayong house. The couple drove their taxicab from Bangkok to deliver the amphetamines. After the purchase, police arrested them.

The couple confessed that they had previously sold the pills twice to other buyers, selling almost 10,000 tablets until they were arrested.

Police restrained the defendants and sent them to Pol. Lt. Supoj Suansorn, investigation officer, Baanchang police station, Rayong province, to prosecute further according to the law.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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