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Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

PHUKET: Hot on the heels of police arresting seven suspects in the one ‘Drug Street’ in Phuket Town on Wednesday, Phuket City Police yesterday (Sept 21) arrested three suspects for drugs in a small sidestreet in Phuket Town, with two of the suspects staying in the same rented room mansion.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 22 September 2018, 03:54PM


The three suspects were arrested in the same street in Phuket Town, with two of them staying in the same rented room mansion on the street. Photos: Phuket City Police

The three suspects were arrested in the same street in Phuket Town, with two of them staying in the same rented room mansion on the street. Photos: Phuket City Police

Officers led by Col Sompong Thipapakul of the Phuket City Police arrested Wichian ‘Ma’ Setan, 35, at Thitath Mansion in Soi Kopai, off Phuket Rd, after having him under surveillance for suspect drug dealing.

Wichian was found in possession of 14 packs containing a total of 9.35 grams of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice) as well as 184 methamphetamine pills (ya bah).

Wichian confessed that he received the drugs from a "Mr Peak", who he contacted by phone, adding that he picked up the drugs from a location along the bypass road and he was to sell them to people in the Phuket City area.

Wichian explained that he had divided the drugs into the packets to sell, was arrested before he could do so, reported police.

Wichian was taken to Phuket City Police Station and charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Police are continuing their investigation into Wichien’s associates.

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The officers yesterday also arrested Nittaya Vunsangtum, 30, in a different room at Thitath Mansion after she was found in possession of 50mg (0.05g) of ya ice and 44 kratom leaves weighing in total about three kilograms, police reported.

Nittaya was taken to Phuket City Police station and charged with possession of a Category 1 drug (ya ice) and illegal possession of a Category 5 drug (kratom).

While they were on Soi Kopai, police also arrested Peerayuth Atikunaruk, 29, after he was found to be carrying 700mg of ya ice.

He, too, was taken to Phuket City Police Station, where he was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug.

The arrests yesterday follow police on Wednesday arresting seven drug suspects in the same small street, Anupas Phuket Karn Soi 12, including a 63-year-old woman. (See story here.)

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Rorri_2 | 24 September 2018 - 12:22:02

The problem with any  Thai "mafia" is they are often protected by high level officials.

Rorri_2 | 24 September 2018 - 12:19:00

"Are people really thinking arresting drug-lords would change something" makes a lot more sense than catching mules, or are you one of those at the top. If you keep attacking the bottom feeders nothing changes, KEEP attacking the top, eventually you make some head way.

DeKaaskopp | 24 September 2018 - 11:21:53

Are people really thinking arresting drug-lords would change something? Didn't work in Mexico ,Colombia or any other major drug supplying country.One arrested ,others taking their place. Everyone arrested,small or big seller,is good news.

Rorri_2 | 24 September 2018 - 09:53:10

"Don't you read of the massive amounts of drugs being seized," massive amounts... really, as Kurt said, they get only the "mules," they never go after those at the top, and we wonder why.
They arrest a couple of "mules" so what, do you really think it has any impact on drug supply. Naive, or a fool, take your pick.

Jor12 | 23 September 2018 - 17:17:08

Don't you read of the massive amounts of drugs being seized? 

Kurt | 23 September 2018 - 10:39:16

All these arrests are meaningless, just top of the ice berg. All just poor phuket street mules. As long the Government not take action against drugs factories/producers, rich financers, ( are they protected?) that long is any low level arrest as rowing against the current. For 1 arrest are a dozen others selling to top up their very low income they hardly can live on on Phuket.

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