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

Login | Create Account | Search


Drug syndicate ‘treasurer’ arrested, B186m assets seized

Drug syndicate ‘treasurer’ arrested, B186m assets seized

THAILAND: The alleged money handler for a major drug network has been arrested in Bangkok and assets worth B186.7 million seized, Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) secretary-general Wichai Chaimongkol said today (Nov 25).

drugscrimeMyanmar
By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 04:11PM


Drug suppression officials display some of the assets seized at the house of the alleged money handler for a major drug network, in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao area yesterday (Nov 24). Photo: ONCB.

Drug suppression officials display some of the assets seized at the house of the alleged money handler for a major drug network, in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao area yesterday (Nov 24). Photo: ONCB.

The suspect was found to have transferred more than B2 billion to bank accounts in Myanmar.

Mr Wichai said the dismantling of the drug network followed the arrest of two suspects and seizure of 1.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, on Oct 18, 2019 at a checkpoint in Tak province.

With information they provided, arrest warrants were obtained for nine other suspects. Seven were soon caught, The two others fled to Myanmar.

On Oct 22 this year, one of the two fugitives, Kerdchana Mina, was arrested while sneaking into Thailand through Sangkhlaburi district in Kanchanaburi.

Officials learned from Mr Kerdchana that the seized crystal meth belonged to Thapanan Thamratthada, alias Nu Chen, who had a Thai woman named Lin Chal, 34, as an assistant. Ms Lin allegedly looked after the money side of the drug network’s business

Court arrest warrants were obtained for Mr Thapanan and Ms Lin.

Mr Wichai said that Provincial Police Region 6 investigators found that Ms Lin had opened bank accounts in the names of two companies - one in Mae Sot, Tak, and the other in Min Buri, Bangkok.

A warehouse in Min Buri was rented in the name of Sunday World Trading Company to store processed wood and was used as a front for laundering drug money.

Ms Lin was arrested at her house in Lat Phrao area of Bangkok yesterday, Mr Wichai said.

Authorities also seized assetts worth about B186.7mn. They included B30mn in bank deposits, two land title deeds, two cars and foreign currencies worth US$3.2mn (about B97mn).

Ms Lin was found to have transferred B2,197.4mn to banks in Myanmar. The ONCB had informed drug suppression police in Myanmar about this for further action.

Mr Thapanan, the prime suspect in this case, and another suspect, Yong Wongsawangkul, were still at large, Mr Wichai said.

Mr Wichai and Pol Gen Suchart Thirasawat, a deputy national police chief, led drug suppression officials to search the timber warehouse in Min Buri today. The value of processed wood stored there was still being assessed, Mr Wichai said.

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
Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

October?? October?? There won't be anything left open in Phuket by October!! People here still t...(Read More)


‘Mother dolphin’ taken into care, ‘son dolphin’ now missing

A small dolphin was sighted friday Jan 22 approx 13.00 in Ao Yon. It swam for about 2 minutes very c...(Read More)


National Park officer accused of spying on woman loses job

In any sensible country he would be place on the Sex Offenders Register- I doubt one even exists her...(Read More)


National Park officer accused of spying on woman loses job

Wow...a whopping 1,000 baht fine for this act of perversion and invasion of privacy. Wasn't the...(Read More)


Patong, Phuket Town join push for free COVID vaccinations for all residents

As a long-time resident of Phuket Town, thank you very much in advance Mayor Somjai for keeping us e...(Read More)


Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

@foot the districts that have spoken out on the subject Patong, Chalong, and Phuket Town have stated...(Read More)


Survey highlights tourism concerns

Thailand's tourism industry was successful in spite of all the foolish things its "experts&...(Read More)


Patong, Phuket Town join push for free COVID vaccinations for all residents

It's a real shame that the local governments care more about it's residents than Bangkok. @...(Read More)


Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

The explanation/expectation of how this year Covid-19 wise will work out for Phuket is a 'lose ...(Read More)


Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

"By that time, the 70% of the population on Phuket is to be vaccinated for the disease." ...(Read More)