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02 March 2010 :: 13:03:36 pm 14449

Thailand’s ONCB Uncover Massive Ya-Ba Trafficking Gang

A combined national narcotics taskforce has successfully made numerous arrests on a massive Ya-Ba dealing network, the evidence confiscated totalled over 120 million baht in assets.
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Bangkok, February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Thailand’s Minister of Justice Mr. Pheeraphan Saleeratwiphak joined with Police Major Klitsana Phonanan (Organisation of narcotics Control Board Secretary-General), police Major General Adithep Panjamanon (Narcotics Suppression Bureau Commissioner) and police Major General Narong Sirisunthorn (Border Patrol Police Commander) to release a statement announcing the successful apprehension of several key members of a massive drug trafficking network. The raids carried-out on a Bangkok business, used as a front to cover the illegal operations, netted an evidence seizure of approximately 120 million baht.

Minister Saleeratwiphak stated that the successful arrests made on 4 suspects in February of 2009 by the ONCB, where over 130,000 Ya-Ba pills and 6 million baht was uncovered, had led to 2 further arrests on the gangs key figures operating out of Udon Thani last week.

The illegal operations of the gang are believed to be centred on the trafficking of massive quantities of the class-1 restricted drug, Ya-Ba, production facilities in Burma trafficked the drugs into Thailand over land before they were exported into Malaysia fro distribution. Police revealed the gangs name to be the “Utsaman Salamaeng Group,” Mr. Utsaman Salamaeng being the leader of the network.

The two suspects arrested in Udon Thani last week, Mr. Humdum Salamaeng and Mr. Rang Thurapho have revealed that profits from the illegal drug trafficking network were primarily being covered up through the purchase of expensive and exotic cars. These vehicles were said to be purchased and registered to the Rama-9 Auto Showroom in Bangkok, where they would be displayed and sold.

Further police investigation led them to an investigation on the Rama-9 Showroom, however; the owner, Mr. Barami Amphorntrakul had fled after presumably being tipped-off about the police investigations. Officers confiscated a total of 17 sports and luxury vehicles from the showroom, totalling approximately 120 million baht in value.

Following these most recent arrests, warrants have been issued by the Thai courts for the arrest of both Mr. Utsaman Salamaeng and 30 other associated gang members. It is believed that Mr. Salamaeng and his wife have fled to a neighbouring country, although these reports have not been confirmed.

The NSBC commissioner Maj. Gen. Panjamanon stated that Mr. Humdum was the brother of the gang’s figurehead and had been the Financial Manager of the network. He was involved with the money laundering side of the operation, namely, the purchasing of expensive cars to display and sell in the Rama-9 Auto Showroom. It is also believed that Mr. Humdum had various investments in rubber, papaya and lemon plantations in Thailand’s south, which may also have been used as a front for the gangs money laundering.

Justice Minister Saleeratwiphak concluded by stating that the police investigations would be ongoing in an attempt to further locate and arrest the remaining “Utsaman Salamaeng Group,” gang members. As a result of these most recent arrests it is believed that the network has been rendered inactive, however; Thailand’s ONCB and NSBC have stated that they are determined to apprehend the remaining fugitives.

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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