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Patong police arrest man, 61, for cocaine on Bangla Rd

Patong police arrest man, 61, for cocaine on Bangla Rd

PHUKET: Patong Police have arrested a 61-year-old man for possession of cocaine on the popular nightlife street Bangla Rd.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 24 January 2023, 05:56PM

The man, named by police as Samroeng Sangthong, 61, a resident of Patong, was placed under arrest on Bangla Rd at 2:30am on Saturday (Jan 21), Patong Police reported.

Samroeng was found with cocaine “ready to use” in three separate plastic bags, police noted.

One bag contained 0.94 grammes of cocaine, another contained 0.9g and the third contained 0.74g of the drug, police said.

Samroeng was taken to Patong Police Station and charged with possession of a Category 2 narcotic for consumption”, officers reported.

No reason was given for the delay in announcing Samroeng’s arrest.

However, the arrest was credited as under the direction of Patong Police Station Chief Col Sujin Nilbadi and Deputy Chiefs Lt Col Preecha Baringpattanakul and Lt Col Wutthiwat Liangboonjinda.

The arrest was made by a team of officers led by Capt Thongplew Kruehom of the Patong Police joined a “special patrol network” of Tourist Police led by Capt Ittikorn Phacharadet, overseen by Tourist Police regional senior officers Maj Gen Chaiyaphong Wanichacheewa, police noted.

By coiincidence, Mr Samroeng’s arrest follows the arrest of an Uzbek woman caught trying to smuggle 2.23 kilogrammes of cocaine into Phuket after arriving on a flight from Doha last Friday (Jan 20).

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Pooliekev | 25 January 2023 - 12:07:17

In case you havent been following the news lately, they arrested a courier with 2kg of cocaine at the airport. So much for not going to the source, eh?

ematt | 25 January 2023 - 10:38:56

Today’s edition of “Twenty Questions by Kurt”. LOL 

Kurt | 25 January 2023 - 10:15:45

How RTP knew about drugs in a man's pocket, at 2:30am, 30 minutes after official entertainment closing time at Bangla? A very lot of law officers to arrest 61 yr old thai man. ( did they fined too the illegal open premises?) The bug stops always with arrest of street sellers, never more follow up how they got the drugs, from where/who. Don't they want to stop the Phuket channelling?

Capricornball | 25 January 2023 - 09:48:09

JohnC is correct...nothing about personal use here. In fact, he should also have special circumstances added for false advertising, with none of the grams he was peddling actually weighing a gram. I would guess the only personal use was a few toots that he pinched from the grams he was trying to sell.

JohnC | 25 January 2023 - 08:46:01

For consumption? Get real. Three separate plastic bags 'ready to use' with about 1 gramme each means he was trying to sell them to tourists. Charge him for the correct crime of 'intent to sell a catagory 2 narcotic.'


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