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Phuket drug raids net 15,988 meth pills, 1.27kg of ice

PHUKET: A multi-agency task force yesterday (Jan 30) arrested six suspects believed to be operating as part of a larger drug network and seized a total of 15,988 methamphetamine pills (ya bah) and 1.27kg of crystal meth (ya ice).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 05:48PM

The arrests were made in four separate raids conducted by police in Chalong and Phuket Town along with officers from the Phuket Centre for Drug Prevention and Suppression and other law-enforcement support agencies, including Civil Defence Volunteers.

The suspects were found with three bags containing a total of 2.91 grams of ya ice, and drug-taking paraphernalia.

All three were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell. All three confessed to the charge, said police.

At around 5am, officers arrested Tinapat Rakroo, 20, from Phuket, at a hotel in Chalong where he was found in possession of one bag containing 1.1g of ya ice.

Tinapat was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, and he confessed to the charge, said police.

Then at about 6am, officers arrested Ekasit Khongsamut, 21, from Phuket, at an address in Rawai, where he was found in possession of nine plastic bags containing 16.93g of ya ice and two bags containing a total of 536 tablets of orange-coloured ya bah pills embossed with the letters “WY”.

Ekasit was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, to which he confessed, said police.

The last raid came at 8:30am yesterday, when officers arrested Pawana Prateep Na Thalang, 22, of Rawai, after she was found in possession of an assortment of small plastic bags containing a variety of amounts of ya ice, from 1.4g to 13.5g to 85.7g and 100.1g.

But the bumper “ice pack” was 1.05kg of ya ice in sealed small packets that were all packed inside one large parcel wrapped and sealed as a pack of “Guanyinwang” brand green tea bags.

Worse for Pawana was that police also found her in possession of 15,452 ya bah pills, again in a variety of packages, but namely eight large bricks wrapped and sealed with “999” brand logo on top.

Pawana was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, to which she confessed, said police.

In carrying out the raids, officers seized a total of 1.27kg of ya ice, 15,988 ya bah pills, three sets of digital scales, four ya ice consumption devices, B24,200 in cash, just one OPPO mobile phone, said police.

The raids yesterday follow national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda earlier this month calling for changes in strategies in anti-drug operations as he said he was not satisfied with the outcome of operations used to tackle the problem because only lower-level drug suspects were arrested last year despite a huge spike in the size of drug seizures. (See story here.)

* Following conflicting reports of the drugs amounts seized, The Phuket News this afternoon confirmed all amounts reported above with Sompon Sripanrod of the Phuket Provincial Operation Centre for Combating Drugs (PPOCCD) operating under direct order of the National Command Centre for Combating Drugs (NCCD).



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Kurt | 02 February 2018 - 11:33:54

Besides countries/states who legalized soft drugs, there are large cities in other country who permits soft drugs ( with permission of central governments).
Aim is to see drug users as patients, and with legalizing the scene you get more above the surface and can get grip on it in help them.

Thai prison time is not the answer/solution for users, people come out worse than they go in.

DeKaaskopp | 01 February 2018 - 18:22:46

Actually there are not so many European countries where soft drugs are legalized! And "ya bah"or "ya ice"are not soft drugs.And it is quite stupid to say that we are talking about Phuket here and not about the rest of the world,but at the same time someone starts talking in the same comment about European countries or parts of the USA! 

Kurt | 01 February 2018 - 16:58:27

We talk here about Phuket, which is a small island.
We not talk about the rest of the world.

And,..actually in many European countries + some Usa states they already legalized soft drugs. With success and promising results.
Results: less crime due to lower prices, controlled quality, lesser people in jail. 
And more police capacity available to go after the hard drugs.
A political choice!

DeKaaskopp | 31 January 2018 - 21:12:09

"welcome to always under drugs sinking Phuket" It's not only a Phuket or Thailand problem.It's a worldwide problem! Is our expert for everything really thinking it is easy for other countries to catch always the "big fish"? This constant know it all better by someone becomes really annoying.Stop looking movies,the real world is different!

Kurt | 31 January 2018 - 19:09:53

Of course only lower-level drugs couriers/sellers are arrested.
It never was other wise. Right?
Welcome to always under drugs sinking Phuket.
It would upset the rich and influential thai people who are higher up in the thai drugs sales world.
We don't want to disturb them, do we? 
To much money payments to left and right involved for 'understanding/closing eyes'.

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