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Bangkok police sacked over sales of seized drugs

BANGKOK: Six police officers in Bang Phlad district of Bangkok have been dismissed from the force for allegedly selling drugs that had been seized in recent raids.

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Bangkok Post

Saturday 25 February 2017, 08:40AM


Bangkok police chief Sanit Mahathavorn discusses the dismissals of officers accused of selling drugs at the Metropolitan Police Division 7 in Bangkok Noi district on Friday. Photo: Bangkok Post / Metropolitan Police Bureau
Bangkok police chief Sanit Mahathavorn discusses the dismissals of officers accused of selling drugs at the Metropolitan Police Division 7 in Bangkok Noi district on Friday. Photo: Bangkok Post / Metropolitan Police Bureau

Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, the Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner, announced the dismissals of the officers from the Bowon Mongkol station on Friday.

Dismissed were three deputy investigative chiefs: Capt Suphat Prajonghat, Capt Nitithorn Pholboon and Lt Weeraphol Khamdee; and three junior detectives: Sen Sgt Maj Parinya Jithan, Sgt Maj Phunat Netsawang and L Cpl Ruangyos Samboonrua.

Officers from Metropolitan Police Division 7 arrested Pol Capt Suphat at his station and found 13,000 speed pills, 100 grammes of crystal methamphetamine or "ice" and an amount of ketamine in a locker of the investigative section.

The arrest followed the apprehension of two people with 1,400 speed pills and 100 grammes of "ice" in a housing estate on Charan Sanitwong Soi 35. They reportedly told police they had bought the drugs from Capt Suphat.

The six officers were said to have seized narcotics in an earlier raid at a condominium on Charan Sanitwong Soi 95/1 but had not charged anyone. Lt Gen Sanit said police would check if the group had connections with any narcotics networks.

Apart from Capt Suphat, the other officers except Lt Weeraphol turned themselves in. They denied the drugs belonged to them. The investigative chief of the station said the locker was a public one, said Lt Gen Sanit, who questioned the suspects at Division 7.

The Bangkok police chief said he would object to their temporary release.

He also transferred their two superiors to inactive posts for 30 days. They are Col Wiradol Thapthimdee, chief of the Bowon Mongkol station, and Lt Col Suphap Phetcharat, the investigative chief.

The two will be investigated to determine if they were involved in the illicit business or failed to oversee their subordinates properly, Lt Gen Sanit said.

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skip | 27 February 2017 - 03:00:36

Mr 10% was not in the mix. Mr 10% has selective vision. Mr 10% has selective supervision. As many expats and tourists have said, dont worry about the criminals, worry about the C*ps. It may sound crazy but there is honest corruption and dishonest corruption. Honest corruption is manageable and expected but dishonest corruption is frowned upon as the correct percentage of the proceeds isnt passed upstairs. 

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Kurt | 26 February 2017 - 13:53:16

@ kangaloowest and @ Phuket Corruption.
Perhaps the answer is that the 6 sacked police officers, trapped with the fingers in the honey pot, know a lot of other police officers who are not trapped in same or other unlawful doings.

So,.. "you get sacked only, but keep your mouth shut, or else.." !...

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kangaloowest | 26 February 2017 - 05:03:11

How about jail time & hefty fines, for selling Drugs, rather than just lose their jobs,
Their sentence should be even harsher than a person off the street, as they have betrayed their position as someone the public should be able to trust

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Phuket Corruption | 26 February 2017 - 04:22:51

This has been going on for years in the provinces but why are they only sacked?

Why aren't they charged with drug trafficking and locked up in prison?

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