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27 May 2009 :: 17:05:40 pm 9127

Sting Op Nabs 80-Year-Old Drug Godmother In Pattaya

A sting operation that has been in the planning for some months was finally put into operation this afternoon, 27 May 2009, in Nong Yai. The sting operation caught a drugs-ring in the process of smoking ganja and made several arrests, including the ringleader, an 80-year-old grandmother, who the police had been after for some time.
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Pol. Col. Somneuk Junket, Banglamung police superintendent and his team descended upon a shop with no name or number, located in the Nongyai area of Soi Golf Course, Pattaya, at 1.00 pm, 27 May, after being told by their spies that a drugs-ring was present. The shop had been being used as a drug sales and distribution centre, operating under the guise of a shop selling household items.

The police sting operation had used a marked 100 baht banknote to buy 2 small bags of dried ganja (marijuana) from Mr. Song Pingwong [22]. When Mr. Song handed the marijuana to the undercover police officer, he was immediately arrested. Police then conducted a search of the back of the shop and found Mrs. Meuan Boonmun, [80], the shop owner, and a group of people smoking ganja. The group were identified as Mr. Saichon Dangyam, [32], Mr. Apichai Wong-in [30], Mr. Komon Boonmun [56], Mr. Narongwit Anuchit,[30], Mr. Bundit Tongtab,[30], Mr. Sanya Noonoi,[41] and Mrs. Goong Pingwong, [47]. They were all under the influence of the drug. Police then searched a wardrobe and found 2 kilos of dried marijuana and some already packaged in a total of 100 plastic bags. Police took all the items as evidence, included the consuming equipment, to the Banglamung police station.

            Police then questioned Mrs. Meuan, who confessed that she had been arrested previously and put in jail, but had been free for about two years. She had come out of prison and immediately began her drug supplying operation to many dealers in the area. She said Mr. Song was working for her. She admitted to buying one kilo of marijuana for 14,000 baht a time and had conducted her business until she became rich, comparatively speaking, for a Thai.

Pol. Lt. Kamon Taweesri told press that their sting operation had been in the planning stage for some time with the intent of arresting the old woman. Their spy had apparently bought from her on many occasions, until he had wormed his way into her confidence.

Mrs. Meuan was charged with the possession and sale of narcotics type 5 [Marijuana] and her network will be further investigated.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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