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Six Thais, foreigner arrested in Phuket for possession of drugs, guns and ammunition

PHUKET: Police arrested six Thai men and one foreign man on Tuesday and Wednesday when they were found to be in possession of a variety of drugs, firearms and ammunition. The arrests came as police continue with their ongoing anti-drug and crime campaign.

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Friday 17 February 2017, 10:45AM

Maj Ritthichai Chumchuay together with a team of officers from Phuket City Police Station first apprehended 33-year-old Mr Suchart Rorbroo from Phuket at 1pm on Tuesday (Feb 14) in Rawai when he was found in possession of 3.67 grams of marijuana and an unlicensed .38 homemade pistol.

Mr Suchart confessed that all items belonged to him, but he also told them that he often visited the house of a Mr Axel where they would take drugs together.

The announcement by Suchart that he went to Mr Axel’s house to take drugs led police to conduct a search of Mr Axel’s property also in Rawai.

During the search, the 24-year-old Belgium national later named by police as Mr Axel Vanlang Nhove was found to be in possession marijuana totalling 7.69g.

Both Suchart and Nhove were taken to Chalong Police Station where they were charged with possession of a Category 5 drug and possession of firearm without permit and possession of a Category 5 drug respectively.

In the meantime, at 1:30pm another team of officers arrested Mr Eakkasit Kongsamut, 20, from Trang when he was found in possession of 17 ya bah pills and eight .32 bullets.

He was also taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with possession of a Category 1 drug and illegal possession of ammunition.

Then at 7pm on Tuesday police arrested Mr Phanom Saelim, 34, from Phuket at rented room in Sri Soonthorn.

Police received a tip-off that Phanom had been selling drugs in the local area and when they approached him he attempted to flee. They soon found him hiding behind a plant in front of his house and conducted a search of the property.

During the search police discovered 19.17g of crystal meth (ya ice) and five bags each containing 200 ya bah pills.


Phanom confessed that all drugs belong to him said that he had bought them from a man named as Mr Tam on four occasions.

He was taken to Phuket City Police Station and charged with possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell.

The final arrest on Tuesday came at 9:30pm when 30-year-old Mr Chawalit Phuttharungroj was caught with 113.29g of ya ice and two .38 bullets.

He was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell and illegal possession of ammunition.

Then on Wednesday (Feb 15), Maj Ritthichai Chumchuay and his team arrested Mr Piyaphong Thaichuay, 22, from Songkla at 4pm when he was found to be in possession of 5 milligrams of ya ice.

He was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with possession of drug category type 1 with intent to sell.

However, police later discovered that Piyaphong was also wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Songkla Provincial Court on Jan 31, 2013, for attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

The final arrest of the campaign came at 5:30pm on Wednesday when 37-year-old Mr Chanin Ngaongam from Loei was arrested with 50.88g of ya ice, 1,000 ya bah pills, nine .38 bullets and a revolver.

Chanin was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.  

Additional report by Chutarat Plerin.



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Rorii | 20 February 2017 - 13:42:36

swerv, I don't think your other "gang" members will stand by you on this, have you never heard or that very highly held belief that you are innocent until PROVEN guilty, this is a basic pillar of most legal systems. Perhaps you would like to attack both malczx7 and myself, but be warned, you will only make a bigger fool of yourself.

As for "law/directive" you are simply being pedantic... for goodness sake man, I use the term very lightly, grow up.

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swerv | 20 February 2017 - 09:47:09

Kurt: It is against the thai law ???

It is a directive not a law.

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Kurt | 19 February 2017 - 17:32:02

Eagle, obviously a thai person, feels fine with that many times sue culture, refuse to understand that we not have to sue.
Anyone here who can educate Eagle about the fact that when thai Ministry of Justice something law wise orders,that Phuket has to follow in that?
To sue is complete out of context here.

Day in, day out, see previous comments/reactions of him, it proves Eagle has no notion how the law works.
Like his comment on photo taking of suspects! Complete of the road.

The thai thinking here, sue, sue, is complete out of context.
How can we, citizens, sue about something what is obviously not law obedient by Phuket law enforcement officers?
This is a internal thai law official matter.
Bangkok Ministry has to handle/punish this Phuket law enforcement people that are  not obeying the thai law!

Absolutely not a matter of..sue...

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Paddy Bushwacker | 19 February 2017 - 13:57:02

The streets of Phuket will be much safer now that Mr Axel Vanlang Nhove and his marijuana totalling 7.69g have been apprehended.

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Christy Sweet | 19 February 2017 - 12:54:33

Eagle I know from personal experience when I committed the apparent "crime of complaining" about a neighbors' 3 am- 6 am  noise, that photos taken by police end up in TPN under Eakkapop Thongtub's name. Queries to both police and TPN if Mr. Thongtub is a police officer moonlighting at TPN were never answered. 

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Eagle | 19 February 2017 - 10:35:24

Kurt,if it is against the law,then go and sue them.

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Kurt | 18 February 2017 - 17:08:09

Eagle, you always just grip beside matters with your reaction.
By Law, set by Ministry of Justice, the police has been ordered not to show not convicted persons in police station photo sessions!
It is not about who take the photos. You, your mother, or who else.
The police suppose to follow orders in this matter. Period.
It is against the thai law!

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Eagle | 18 February 2017 - 12:13:14

Kurt,The RTP did not make the photos.The photos were taken by Eakkapop Thongtub,who apparently works  for the PN.So blame them.

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malczx7r | 17 February 2017 - 23:44:56

Swerv, the court doesn't confirm their guilt, the court finds them guilty/innocent.

The police charge a suspect of breaking the law, they then bring the accused to court to face the charges and present the evidence. They are asked how they plead, guilty or not guilty, the defence and prosecution lawyers then argue their points and then they are found either guilty or not guilty by the judge/Jury based on the evidence and are "punished" based on the charges they face!

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swerv | 17 February 2017 - 15:54:45

Kurt: How can they be innocent before the court passes sentence? They were caught red handed.The court can only confirm their guilt and pass sentence, so they are guilty as charged.

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