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Phuket van driver charged for drugs, carrying weapons

Phuket van driver charged for drugs, carrying weapons

PHUKET: A traffic stop at a police checkpoint in Patong has resulted in the arrest of a Phuket passenger van driver found carrying nine pills of methamphetamine (ya bah) as well as an air rifle and an axe.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 6 November 2022, 02:53PM


The Phuket Info Center, citing reports from Patong Police, revealed news of the arrest this afternoon (Nov 6).

Patong Police patrol and traffic officers placed Chalor Ongnuan, 38, a resident of Moo 5, Chalong, under arrest after his van was stopped and searched opposite a well-known resort on Phra Baramee Rd in Kalim, north of Patong, said the report.

Officers found Chalor carrying nine tablets of ya bah. The pills, in a plastic bag hidden in an orange plastic tube, were orange coloured and embossed with the letters “WY”, the report added.

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Officers also found a GAMO-brand air rifle with a scope and 10 lead ball bearings which were considered to be ammunition for the rifle, as well as one bullet.

Also in the van was a small axe and a short knife, both of which were considered weapons.

Chalor was charged with illegal possession of a Category I narcotic (ya bah) as well as illegal possession of a firearm without a permit, and with carrying weapons in a public area without reasonable cause,

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skorchio | 07 November 2022 - 21:19:02

my estimate is that over half of all 'professional' drivers are carrying a weapon. FFS my wife has a sword in her car ..... 

christysweet | 07 November 2022 - 10:28:38

The real crime is charging 3 days minimum wage for a one hour trip. Extortionate 
 pricing does more to hurt the tourism industry on Phuket than any other factor. 

Kurt | 07 November 2022 - 10:15:59

Several times I already suggested to have a passenger taxi/van weapon check point at entrance of drive-in Phuket Airport. Find any weapon? Confiscate the car, like they confiscate motorbikes of street drugs sellers. Image Phuket tourist transport becomes worse by the day, Governors! Action Governors, if you have the time between your full merit doing sessions.

JohnC | 07 November 2022 - 08:49:25

Sadly the more of them checked the more weapons will be found. Far more common that many people realise. As to what percentage of them carry/use/sell drugs, probably also far more than we realise. A captive market while taken them to their hotel. HOw convenient!

Capricornball | 06 November 2022 - 15:56:36

Criminal cartel member POS.  These vermin do more harm to Phuket's image as a friendly tourist definition than all of Prab's thugs working on Bangla Road put together. This loser is no exception either, with perhaps all of the public transport cartel members carrying weapons, and many on drugs. Heaven forbid that the BIBs should inspect more of these vermin on a regular basis.

Prab | 06 November 2022 - 15:45:43

pls let us know what will happen to this diligent gang members asap... few weeks of licence suspension? ..just my guess 

 

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