Drug ring linked to Myanmar
- Published: 27/10/2012 at 07:47 PM
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Police have issued an arrest warrant for a prime suspect in a powerful drug-smuggling ring controlled by a Myanmar druglord wanted by Thai authorities.
The ring includes a former police officer and a Bangkok traffic policeman who surrendered on Wednesday.
The latest suspect was identified as Mana sae Lee, also known as Roongroj Lertpanyapetch, a Hmong in Khun Yuam district of Mae Hong Son, said Lampang provincial police chief Pornchai Pakpongsri.
Mr Roongroj is the 10th suspect allegedly involved in one of the four drug-trafficking gangs operated under the authority of Myanmar narcotics kingpin Yi Say, also known as Chaiwat Pornsakulpaisal, who is hiding in Myanmar.
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has asked authorities in Myanmar to arrest Mr Chaiwat and has raised the bounty for his capture from 1 million to 2 million baht.
Mr Roongroj, who was a former Terng district chief in Chiang Rai province, acted as a direct coordinator between his Myanmar boss and other gang members, Pol Maj Gen Pornchai said.
Arresting Mr Roongroj would help police establish links with other major drug gangs under Yi Say's network, he added.
Among the 10 suspects are Pol Snr Sgt Maj Manas Seupho, a traffic policeman of Pracha Chuen police station in Bangkok and his friend Prawin Thuaypa, a former police sergeant major of the same station.
Pol Snr Sgt Maj Mansa is the only suspect in custody after he turned himself in earlier this week. His friend is among the nine suspects at large.
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