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- Published: 14 Mar 2011 at 10.34
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It began with a truck accident on a Songkhla road and ended with the arrest of a man alleged to be one of the key drug traffickers in the South.
Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, left, looks at cash seized from Zainudeng Ma, an alleged key drug trafficker, after a series of house searches following the arrest of the suspect last week. KOSOL NAKACHOL
It began with a truck accident on a Songkhla road and ended with the arrest of a man alleged to be one of the key drug traffickers in the South and the seizure of a huge amount of his money and assets plus a quantity of illegal drugs
Last Wednesday a pick-up truck driven by Muhammadnuree Hayeebaka overturned on a section of the Asian Highway in Thepha district. He was only slightly injured but his wife was killed.
Mohammadnuree was admitted to hospital but quickly left after Songkhla police found 6.9 million baht in cash hidden in the pickup.
The money, it was discovered, belonged to Zainudeng Ma, 33, a resident of Hat Yai district.
On Thursday a combined security force raided his house where they found 4.69g of crystalised metamphetamine, or ya ice, eight tablets of Erimin-5 (Nimetazepam), 3.3 million baht cash, and Malaysian ringgit worth more than 170,000 baht.
Other assets seized included a hybrid car, a pick-up truck, a motorcycle, 19 items of gold ornaments and jewellery, six electrical appliances, and the house and the land.
Mr Zainudeng has been charged with being in possession of Type 1 narcotics with intent to distribute them. They later seized a brand-new BMW 325i coupe left at Suvarnabhumi airport and a handgun with nine bullets in the car believed to be owned by Mr Zainudeng.
In subsequent searches of his other houses in Min Buri, Bangkok and in Tak Bai, Narathiwat, police also seized three more cars, one pick-up truck, two motorcycles, electrical appliances, 400,000 baht in cash and two bank books.
According to Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, the assets seized from the suspect have a combined value of more than 35 million baht.
"A criminal history check also showed Mr Zainudeng is in the same network of drug suspects arrested in a previous (2007) case in which drug cash of about 33 million baht was found stuffed in PVC pipes," Mr Pirapan said.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Supoj Wancharoen
cash – money in the form of notes or coins เงินสด
seize – to take control of by force or official power ยึกครอง
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
key – most important ที่สำคัญ
trafficker – someone in the business of buying and selling things illegally or of illegally transporting people for work in other countries or areas ผู้ลักลอบค้าสินค้าผิดกฎหมายหรือลักลอบขายแรงงานผิดกฎหมาย
series – several events or things of a similar kind that happen one after the other สิ่งที่ต่อเนื่องกัน, อนุกรม
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
profitable – able to earn money and expenses are subtracted ให้ผลกำไร,ได้ผลประโยชน์
assets – things owned by a person, company etc., particularly money and property ทรัพย์สิน
quantity – a particular amount of something ปริมาณ, จำนวน
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
overturn – to turn upside down or on the side พลิกคว่ำ, คว่ำลง
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน
slight – small in size or amount เล็กน้อย
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
admit – to put someone into hospital for medical treatment เปิดรับ
discover – to finding somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before ค้นพบ
resident – a person who lives in a particular area ผู้พักอาศัย, ผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
combined – put together รวมกัน
raid – to forcefully and suddenly enter a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
tablet – a small round solid piece of medicine or other substance that you swallow ยาเม็ดแบน
hybrid – a mixture of different things or styles, in this case petrol and electricity การผสมผสาน
ornament – a small attractive object used for decoration เครื่องประดับประดา
appliance – a machine or piece of equipment that you have in your home, for example a washing machine or refrigerator เครื่องใช้
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
possession – having or owning something การครอบครอง
narcotics – illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine ยาเสพย์ติด
intent – your plan or purpose จุดประสงค์
distribute – to give something out to a group of people แจกจ่าย
coupe – a car with two doors and usually a sloping back รถยนต์สองประตูที่สั้นกว่ารถยนต์ธรรมดา,รถเก๋งเล็ก
bullet – a small, metal object that is shot from a gun กระสุนปืน
subsequent – happening or coming after something else ซึ่งตามมา
criminal – relating to illegal acts เกี่ยวกับอาชญากรรม
network – a system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
stuffed – packed; very full of something แน่น ซึ่งใส่ไว้จนเต็ม