Sakoo Police Chief Col Kittipong Klaikaew revealed to The Phuket News today (Nov 1) that officers made the arrests yesterday (Oct 31).
Sakoo Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Urumporn Koondejsumrit, who for years previously worked with the Phuket Tourist Police, accompanied by military personnel made the arrests, he said.
The first arrest was of Nikorn ‘Mui’ Chantarawong, 36, at a house in Moo 5 Sakoo, where they found him in possession 8,498 methamphetamine (ya bah) pills.
Nikorn has been charged with possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell, confirmed Col Kittipong, who previously served as the Wichit Police Chief.
Col Kittipong explained that the officers had tracked down Nikorn after they were informed that he was allegedly selling drugs to teenagers in the Baan Bang Mala area.
Tracking another drug suspect who police were informed used the name “Oot”, Col Urumporn and the raid team arrested Anusorn Chanthawong, 35, and Teerapon Chandee, 28, at a different house, also in Moo 5 Sakoo.
The two were found with a cooking pot containing 100 grams of kratom leaves, as well as cough syrup, Coca-Cola and a colander – all the necessary items for making the notorious “4 x 100” kratom-based drug drink.
Both men were charged with possession of Category 5 drug, Col Kittipong again confirmed.
All three suspects were taken Sakoo Police Station for further questioning, he said.
Anusorn and Nikorn are relatives, Col Kittpong noted, but declined to elaborate further.