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Two Thai men arrested in Phuket for drug possession

PHUKET: Phuket City Police yesterday arrested two Thai man and seized from them a variety of drugs, ammunition and other items related to drug dealing.

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Friday 21 April 2017, 05:16PM

Banyat Kohsaman, 35, (left) and Aphinan Kunlang, 23. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Banyat Kohsaman, 35, (left) and Aphinan Kunlang, 23. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

At 3:15pm yesterday (Apr 21), Maj Ritthichai Chumchuay of the Phuket Provincial Police arrested 35-year-old Mr Banyat Kohsaman at a rented room in Rassada when he was found to be in possession of 62.29 g crystal meth (ya ice), 1,395 methamphetamine pills (ya bah), two of .32 bullets and other items.

He was charged with possession of Category 1 Drugs with an intent to sell and possession of ammunition without a permit. He was taken to Phuket City Police Station.

Then at 6:45pm yesterday, Maj Ritthichai arrested Mr Aphinan Kunlang, 23, when he was found in possession of 100.97g of ya ice, 1,210 ya bah pills and other items.

Police also seized from Aphinan a motorbike, one gold neckless weighing 15.22g and a gold ring weighing 3.78g.

Aphinan was taken to Wichit Police Station where he was charged with possession of Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell.

Maj Ritthichai explained, “Earlier this month we received a tip-off that Banyat had been selling drugs in Rassada and the surrounding area.

“Then at 2:30pm yesterday we received another tip-off that Banyat had taken stock of a large amount of ya bah and ya ice so we came to monitor his activities. When he came out from his room in Moo 2, Rassada we approached him and asked to search his room where we discovered the drugs.

“Banyat confessed that the drugs belonged to him,” he said.

“Banyat then told us that he bought all the drugs from Aphinan and that he had done so several times so we went to monitor him too.

“We waited outside of his room, in Soi Patthana Thongthin in Wichit, until he arrived on his motorbike and then searched his room and found all of his drugs,” he added.  



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Timothy | 25 April 2017 - 10:18:38

Don't worry Jor12. Once Christy is finished cleaning up the corruption in Phuket, she could shift her attention to the drug problem...

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Eagle | 24 April 2017 - 16:13:24

All it needs to do for the RTP is offering Kurt a job as consultant.Everything he says sounds so easy.Just search every car coming to Phuket(who cares if you have to wait for hours on the bridge or so,it is for a good cause) and every boat in the waters around Phuket(Tourists would love a little extra excitement).And i am sure after that he will have more brilliant ideas to get rid of all the drugs in Thailand.

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Kurt | 23 April 2017 - 15:08:00

We just wait now for the arrest of the people higher in the drugs line, who 'provided' the drugs to the 2 arrested guys.

Banyat told the police that he bought the drugs from Aphinan.
Is Aphinan not telling the police from who he bought the drugs?
That is not thai, Thai trade in very quick their partners in crime. 
They 'talk' even before you ask a question in a police station.
All for reducing their jail time and doing merit. hahaha.

So, now we wait for the police to speak up who sold drugs to Aphinan, and see nr 3, 4, 5 higher up in the drugs line in photo session after arrest (?).

But possible 'something' blocks such a thing to happen.  :-)

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skip | 23 April 2017 - 07:57:16

the guy on the left sells drugs to tourists on the street near molly malones / macdonalds on taweewong st (beach rd) on night most nights.If he is bailed he will be back there again. He has a yellow/ orange motorbike. Now we know where he sells during the day time.The cops have chased him many times but he is very quick and gets tip offs from some street vendors.

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Jor12 | 22 April 2017 - 19:57:16

Kurt...given your intimate knowledge of the drug trade, you should put your name forward to assist authorities in curbing the drug trade.

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Kurt | 22 April 2017 - 16:46:58

These 2 arrested Phuket drugs 'street vendors', at the bottom of the drug supply hierarchy are already replaced by the drug syndicates.
Up to next week catch at the bottom level.

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Jor12 | 21 April 2017 - 19:03:48

Strange though how the clowns on here reckon the Police do nothing?

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Kurt | 21 April 2017 - 18:58:31

And....? From who did mr Aphinan bought the drugs?
Does this investigation stops now?
Not going higher in the tree.
...."we can't disturb influential people"...   ??? Something like that?

Always amazed how much officials try not to roll off a whole drugs line.
It stops with the catch of a few street vendors. 
Funny,  Eeeeh, no, not funny, understandable.

These 2 were just at the bottom of the drugs hierarchical drugs line structure.
Just 2 dumbs, written off. 
A weekly candy to the police only. Everybody happy.

And Phuket keeps sinking under the drugs.

Phuket is a island, drugs only come in by bridge check point ( hello police check point?) or by boat, so the navy is not patrolling enough around the island.( oh, yes, of course, not sailing at night?)

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BenPendejo | 21 April 2017 - 18:46:55

Congrats to Phuket Provincial Police... this was a good catch.  Both of these losers are nothing but bad for Phuket and Thailand.  !!! Two thumbs up !!!

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