Ex-TAO chief arrested on drug charge
- Published: 9/04/2013 at 02:20 PM
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Police have arrested a former tambon administration organisation chief who became a drug courier to pay-off her campaign debts after she lost the election, according to a Channel 3 report.
Police set up a team on the Chon Buri- Bangkok motorway after receiving a tip that some drugs would be moved to Bangkok on Sunday.
During the stakeout police spotted a sedan that stopped for no apparent reason and flashed its lights a couple of times, according to Pattaya deputy police chief Pol Lt Col Phumsith Singthuen.
He said a woman got out of the car and dropped a package on the side of the road.
Police moved in and arrested the driver, who was identified as Thattanan Rattanaveerakan, 44, a former head of the Phanasnikom tambon admniistration organisation.
Police found 2,000 methamphetamine tablets inside the package she dropped on the road.
A raid on her home in Sri Racha district revealed another 12,000 yaba pills.
According to police, Ms Thattanan said she worked for a prison inmate called Mek, who is currently serving a drugs sentence in Chon Buri prison.
Ms Thattanan admitted she had worked for him for over two years as a drug courier, police said.
According to police, Ms Thattanan said she had a lot of campaign debts to pay after she lost the TAO election, and had to find the money somewhere. She also needed money for pay medical bills for her sick mother.
Police said the former TAO chief used her connections in local politics to cover her crime.
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