THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket Checkpoint snares two more drug smugglers

PHUKET: Police arrested two men at the Phuket Checkpoint yesterday morning (Sept 27) as they attempt to smuggle onto the island 1,952 methamphetamine (ya bah) pills.

drugscrimepolice
By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 28 September 2018, 11:44AM


Surasak Kaewmanee, 28, and Watchara Ratthanapong, 20, both from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, were arrested at 6:30am after officers stopped and searched the car.

The car, a brand-new white Toyota Yaris still bearing red ‘dealership’ licence plates, was identified in a tip-off by Border Patrol Police Company 425 as being used to bring drugs on to the island.

Border Patrol Police and Tha Chatchai Police officers found inside the car 10 plastic packets containing in total 939 orange ya bah pills, 993 red ya bah pills and 20 green ya bah pills.

The 10 packets were hidden inside the interior console, between the car stereo and gear shift lever.

Police also seized a homemade handgun and four shotgun cartridges.

During questioning Surasak told police that he and Watchara bought the drugs at Baan Mai Seap in Tambon Cha-uat, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, from a man they named only as ‘Mr Maek’ (Mr Cloud) for B100,000.

QSI International School Phuket

Surasak told police said that he bought the gun from a ‘Mr Eak’ at Tambon Khao Phra Thong in Cha-uat District, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, for B3,000.

Surasak and Watchara both confessed to police that their intention was to sell the drugs to teenagers in Kathu at B100 per pill, or B12,000 per packet (the number of pills per pack was not reported).

Watchara was to be the person handling the money.

Both were charged with possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell, and Surasak was charged with possession of an illegal firearm.

Tha Chatchai Police reported they are continuing their investigation into the two men’s known associates and activities.

 

 

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.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Kurt | 28 September 2018 - 12:20:06

Silly thai smugglers. With a red plated car! With that it  is not allowed to cross province borders. Perhaps a sett up? Perhaps the next normal car was having more drugs on board and passed by?

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Police search for man missing at Phuket reservoir

...this reservoir does not get many visitors. You are right though. The few that do come leave all t...(Read More)


Safety measures ordered to reduce accidents at Chalong-Kata roadworks

Huh, 3months work for 1.5 km road resurfacing? This is a joke, yes? Can't be true. 1.5 km: 1 ...(Read More)


Police search for man missing at Phuket reservoir

... Thousands? Really? And all for free? Wow! My point is, taking care of water quality. Not about ...(Read More)


Police search for man missing at Phuket reservoir

"It should be a no-go area" Thousands of people like to visit those areas like Bang Wad Da...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: A testament to life

Sure he was a good bloke but most readers wouldn't have known him, one story about his passing i...(Read More)


Police search for man missing at Phuket reservoir

This water reservoir is for housing water supply, right? Are private people allowed to be there, d...(Read More)


Six healthy movements to loosen your spine

OMG. Your neck in movement 2 looks terrible. Never do it like that! You should keep your neck in lin...(Read More)


Government readies handout of free SIM cards for the poor

The whole 'free internet exercise' confirm in a way that the government expects that the poo...(Read More)


New tax law to see online, bank transfers to be monitored

.... 'My' guests are 'non paying friends'. Arriving Phuket airport they hand over ...(Read More)


Thailand worst in Asean for road deaths

Anyone who has driven on Thai roads already knows this. Driving standards are abysmal, common sense ...(Read More)