THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket police officer arrested on explosives charge

BANGKOK: A Phuket police officer is among eight suspects handed over by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) yesterday (May 3) for alleged links to Powergel explosives seized in Pathum Thani last week.

policecrimemilitarySafety
By Bangkok Post

Friday 4 May 2018, 09:04AM


Lt Yutthana Chidchol of the Phuket’s Sakoo Police was among five people arrested over the Powergel explosives found in Pathum Thani last week. Ammonium nitrate was also found at his home during a raid on Sunday (May 4). Photo: Bangkok Post / Apichart Jinakul

Lt Yutthana Chidchol of the Phuket’s Sakoo Police was among five people arrested over the Powergel explosives found in Pathum Thani last week. Ammonium nitrate was also found at his home during a raid on Sunday (May 4). Photo: Bangkok Post / Apichart Jinakul

Among the suspects was 46-year-old Lt Yutthana Chidchol of the Sakoo Police, based near Phuket International Airport, reported NCPO judge advocate Burin Thongprapai.

Also among those arrested was 55-year-old Boonlert Nanphimai, a wanted suspect in Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani.

Lt Yutthana was named as a suspect during a raid on Sunday (April 29), when police accompanied by soldiers found bomb-making materials hidden at a home in Cherng Talay. (See story here.)

The two men’s arrest follows the discovery of 1,800 bars of Powergel in cardboard boxes on the back of a pickup truck in Thanyaburi, after police stopped it for a search on April 26.

The water-resistant, bar-like product is normally used in the mining industry for quarry blasting, tunnelling and excavation. Powergel usually becomes volatile when mixed with a precursor, such as fuel oil.

Ammonium nitrate fertiliser and more Powergel were later found during a search of Lt Yutthana’s house in Phuket, according to police reports.

Investigations into whether the explosives could be linked with the insurgency in the Deep South are currently being carried out, the reports added.

Central Phuket

Other suspects handed over yesterday included Nattachai Thanapatsatchaporn, 57, Channetti Thanapatsatchaporn, 55, and 47-year-old Sophon Termpanthunont.

Special Branch Police Deputy Commissioner Maj Gen Chayapol Chatchaidet said two other suspects were arrested at the time of the initial discovery in the pickup truck last month.

They were identified as Chayapong Kaew-in, 37 and Premwadee Boonchalee, 33.

According to Gen Chayapol, Chayapong told police that a 43-year-old engineer named Kitti Sarisil had hired him to deliver the Powergel.

Special Branch later confirmed that Kitti had been arrested after police found several fuses and explosives during a search of a factory in Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

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:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Civil action to be taken against shot Phuket driver’s family

Not sure how "saw" became "so", technology.. amazing....(Read More)


Indonesia teen rescued after seven weeks adrift at sea

Amazing ordeal for this kid. The fact that he agreed to be moored 125 km out to sea by himself is p...(Read More)


The Thai wives who never said ‘I do’

It feels like everything about foreigners is immigration wise very well in order. Report-report, 2 n...(Read More)


Drug blitz at full moon party

A small island, allowing up to 30,000 night party goers? On a drugs island? Are they nuts? Where pol...(Read More)


Quarter of capital’s public vans to be retired

Mhh, bit by bit I get hold on thai thinking. 1: stop with beach life guards, look later how to handl...(Read More)


Back to the drawing board for ‘Phoenix’ salvage

Obviously no calculations done to assess the submerged weight of the vessel ie. full of water. No bo...(Read More)


Life Cycling: The health benefits of a good pedalling

Whether it's to improve your health and fitness, as an environmental choice, taking up cycling c...(Read More)


Civil action to be taken against shot Phuket driver’s family

Has anyone actually seen the video, I so a pick up, that is NOT mowing down three motorcyclists wait...(Read More)


Civil action to be taken against shot Phuket driver’s family

So finally the Phuket police take drastic action that was needed to protect the general public from ...(Read More)


Phuket boat mechanic dies after getting neck caught in engine

Yeah...he slipped and got his neck caught...a likely story. Probably more like Capt fired up the eng...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018