Phuket police seize 3,373 meth pills from 5 suspects
After two suspects were arrested in Phuket last week for possessing thousands of meth pills, five more meth suspects were arrested on August 10-11. The five men were arrested in different areas of Phuket. In all, police seized 3,373 meth pills.
A man was arrested in the west coast town of Karon. The 31-year-old man, Charin “Arm” Innoom, had 1,909 meth pills. He also had two pistols with two bullets. Arm is charged with possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Another man was arrested in the Wichit neighborhood. The man, 26-year-old Niram ‘Nat’ Samoo Lanlongsa, had 15 meth pills and a gun. He is accused of category 1 drugs and illegal possession of weapons.
In another area of Rassada, Phuket’s main district, police arrested 23-year-old Jirayut “Benz” Datjarit. Benz had 41 meth pills and 0.08 grams of crystal meth. He is accused of possession of category 1 drugs with intent to sell and illicit drug use.
In the east coast city of Chalong, police arrested 30-year-old Nattapong “Mos” Hansantear. Mos had 800 meth pills. He faces charges of possessing category 1 drugs with intent to sell.
In the Kathu district, the police arrested two men. The men are 39-year-old Narongchai ‘O’ Srisooksai and 39-year-old Sommai ‘Mai’ Noppakao. The two had 608, 30 ecstasy pills and about 2.5 grams of crystal meth. They also had 2 guns with 85 bullets. O and Sommai are charged with illegal possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
In the two meth arrests in Phuket last week, police seized a total of 3,563 meth pills from two men.
Meth remains the most popular, cheapest, and readily available illegal narcotic in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, where the synthetic drug trade is booming.
More than a billion meth pills were seized in East and Southeast Asia in the past year alone, according to a report released by the United Nations. It is considered a “drug of greatest concern” in the region by the United Nations.
In April, Thai police arrested more than 120,000 drug suspects over the past six months. They had seized more than 2.4 billion baht in assets and confiscated more than 260 million pills containing illegal substances, including meth.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express