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Phuket raid on Paradise Beach home nets weapons of war arsenal

PHUKET: Armed with search warrants, a police task force of at least 27 law-enforcement officers today (Jan 20) arrested a man after an arsenal of firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found at his home near Paradise Beach, on the headland south of Patong.

By Saroj Kueprasertkij

Wednesday 20 January 2016, 06:50PM

Officers led by Lt Col Sutthichai Tienpo of the Kathu Police placed Sompong Sakultab under arrest at a home on Meun-ngern Rd, near the entrance to Paradise Beach.

At the home, police seized two M16 assault rifles; one .357 calibre rifle; a shotgun; a Sig Sauer 9mm handgun; one long and two short suppressors (“silencers”); two bulletproof vests and over 900 rounds of ammunition.

Col Sutthichai explained to The Phuket News that the raid followed reports of heavy gunfire near the entrance of Paradise Beach at about 9pm on December 25.

“During our ensuing investigation, we found that on that same afternoon (before the gunfire) a man had filed a complaint to the Kathu Police reporting that he had some problem with Sompong over ownership of a plot of land at the entrance of Paradise Beach,” Col Sutthichai said.

“We also found that Mr Sompong had been involved in a previous the land encroachment case and was considered an ‘influential man’ in the area,” Col Sutthichai said, but declined to name the man who had filed the complaint.

“We believed that the sound of the gunfire (on Dec 25) came from Mr Sompong’s house, and hence we applied for warrants to search the property,” Col Sutthichai said.

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“We also believe that the heavy gunfire was intended to threaten or intimidate the man who filed the complaint,” he added.

Col Sutthichai said that Sompong, aged in his “mid-40s”, was a “businessman”, known for dealing in real estate.

He also is a restaurant owner and operates water supply truck in the Patong area,” Col Sutthichai added.

Sompong has been charged with illegal possession of weapons of war and other firearms and illegal possession of ammunition.

“We are also looking into charges for firing the weapons and we will investigate the possible land dispute,” Col Sutthichai said.



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jogi | 22 January 2016 - 14:50:31

at least the Phuket New's  didn't left it by the headline "police arrested a MAN"  and add it his his name (probably Thai national) to the story. i am sure it would be appreciate by lot's of readers, if PN would follow up further development nailing this paradise beach rat by authority's. mr. Sompong a scumbag in his mid-40s should have to be but behind bar's not long...

Richard Vickers | 20 January 2016 - 21:17:40

Dangerous little man with way more guns than brains, which isn't a good combo. This punk just operates with impunity, only because he has enough dirty money to buy influence from other weak-willed thugs and local officials.  Too bad they just can't make this piece of crap disappear.

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