THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Drug runner caught smuggling 195k meth pills into Phuket

Drug runner caught smuggling 195k meth pills into Phuket

PHUKET: Police have intercepted a delivery of more than 190,000 methamphetamine pills (ya bah) hidden under the spare wheel in the back of a pickup truck as its driver attempted to bring the drugs onto the island.

drugspolicecrime
By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 21 December 2018, 04:17PM


Officers at the Phuket Check Point discovered and seized the drugs at around 3am yesterday (Dec 19), Region 8 Police Deputy Commander Maj Gen Nantadet Yoinuan announced at a press conference this morning.

Gen Nantadet credited the bust to a team of Tha Chatchai Police officers led by Phuket Provincial Police working together with officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau as well as military personnel from the Royal Thai Army 25th Military Circle, which is stationed in Phuket.

“We had been informed that drug runners will first use one vehicle, then pretend to break down and have another vehicle come to help them. They switch the drugs from one vehicle to another in the hope of misleading police,” Gen Nantadet explained.

However, the tactic failed to fool police officers at the Phuket Check Point just doing a routine stop-and-search.

“At 3am, police stopped and searched Yutthapong ‘Jack’ Sukthong as he was carrying a spare wheel in the manner that he had broken down along the way to Phuket.

“The officers found 10 ya bah pills hidden in his shoes, prompting them to search the vehicle thoroughly. They found a further 195,800 ya bah pills hidden in a wheel lying on the tray in the back of the pickup,” Gen Nantadet said.

“Yutthapong admitted to police that he had brought the pills from Thung Song Sistrict in Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province.

“He was hired by someone who paid him B50,000 to deliver them to a man in Phuket,” he added.

Laguna Golf Phuket

“Yutthapong has been charged with possesion of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell and he is now being questioned by the Tha Chatchai Police,” Gen Nantadet explained.

Gen Nantadet also reported another, unrelated, drug raid that netted two suspects at a rented room at the Poonpon Night Plaza in Phuket Town.

Through an investigation, officers were following Sorawit ‘Ball’ Singkonrat, 31, and Rarita ‘Aui’ Bunchado, 22, who were both suspected of drug dealing, Gen Nantadet explained.

Officers finally moved in and arrested the couple at around 4pm on Tuesday (Dec 18), he said.

“The officers found 4,187 ya bah pills and 65.04 grams of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice) in the suspects’ rental room,” Gen Nantadet said.

“Sorawit said that he ordered the drugs from Chiang Rai Province, and that he commanded a network in Phuket that delivered the drugs across the island, usually an agreed drop-off point beside the road,” he explained.

“They now both face charges of possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell,” Gen Nantadet confirmed.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Karon Police reveal details of Norwegian arrested for death of Brit at Phuket resort

Your initial reporting on this story were completely ridiculous. Many other outlets reported the sam...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Wrong K,especially in SEA i had the same experience as G.with those fruit baskets and straight blade...(Read More)


Phuket officials whittle down routes for ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’ mass-cycling event

K,this event isn't meant to be a tourist attraction.Why do you hijack it for your rant about be...(Read More)


Karon Police reveal details of Norwegian arrested for death of Brit at Phuket resort

Just like everywhere else in the world, only a judge can decide if bail is granted, police can only ...(Read More)


Rescue workers trap three monitor lizards in houses and gardens in Kathu

Kurt,they were released into their natural habitat.Same as they do with snakes.Should they give a wa...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Kurt,I can't remember being with you in the same room wherever i stayed.So please tell me how do...(Read More)


Phuket officials whittle down routes for ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’ mass-cycling event

Un Air Rak? Warmth of love? How about to experience that first at Phuket beaches, in Phuket taxis, v...(Read More)


Rescue workers trap three monitor lizards in houses and gardens in Kathu

Yes GerryT81, that is true. But Phuket officialdom should warn foreign tourists about it on forehand...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Sorry GerryT81. Fruit baskets never come with a steak knife. And any kind of burger by room service ...(Read More)