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The methods of getting mobile phones to prison inmates seem endless. Here's one you may not have thought of. 

Kamfon Karnpian, 18, demonstrates how to shoot a ‘‘bottle rocket’’ from a homemade rocket launcher. He was arrested for allegedly firing the rocket containing five mobile phones to a prison inmate over a prison wall. SARIT SRISANG


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Sarit Srisang

NAKHONRATCHASIMA: A man was arrested after firing a ‘‘bottle rocket’’ containing mobile phones over the wall of Klongpai Central Prison in Sikhiu district Friday.

Kamfon Karnpian, 18, was caught after he allegedly used a homemade rocket launcher to fire the rocket, made of a plastic drink bottle, that contained five mobile phones along with batteries and chargers as well as 100 Sim cards over the prison wall.

Mr Kamfon told police that he had joined the plastic bottle rocket competition in Buri Ram and won third place.

Mobile phones are sold in the prison for 100,000 to 500,000 baht each. Some inmates are major drug dealers who continue the illicit drug trade from behind bars.

Mr Kamfon was spotted hiding in bushes near the prison. Police also found two rocket launchers and an air compressor at the scene.

The suspect allegedly told police he and three other men were hired to ‘‘shoot’’ the mobile phones into the prison. The three men fled on a pickup truck and left him alone.

demonstrate – to show something and explain how it works สาธิต
launcher – a device that sends something such as a rocket or a missile into the air with force – สิ่งที่ใช้ปล่อย, เครื่องปล่อย
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
contain – to store or hold something บรรจุ
inmate – someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital or other institution นักโทษ
competition – an organised event in which people try to win prizes by being better than other people การแข่งขัน
dealer – a person who sells (illegal drugs in this case) ผู้จำหน่าย
illicit – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
trade –  a type of business การค้าขาย
behind bars – in prison การจำคุก
spot – to see or notice สังเกตเห็น
bush – a plant that is smaller than a tree and has a lot of thin branches growing close together พุ่มไม้
compressor – a machine that compresses air or other gases  เครื่องยนต์ที่มีการบีบอัดก๊าซหรืออากาศ
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
hire – to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time จ้าง
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป

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