Drug escapee caught in resort

Ratchaphon Khiannok is arrested along with his helper at a resort in Khon Kaen on Friday. (Photo: Chakraphan Natanri)
Ratchaphon Khiannok is arrested along with his helper at a resort in Khon Kaen on Friday. (Photo: Chakraphan Natanri)

A convicted drug defendant who escaped custody from the provincial court on Wednesday has been recaptured, along with an accomplice, at a resort in Khon Kaen on Friday morning.

Police surrounded the resort following information that Ratchaphon Khiannok, 35, and 20-year-old accomplice Palangwatchara Khunsinchairat were staying inside.

After the police team stormed the room, they found Ratchaphon and Palangwatchara using drugs. They were arrested and 8,000 methamphetamine pills were seized from the room.

Police said that a manhunt was launched after Ratchaphon escaped while being taken to a prison vehicle at the provincial court on Monday evening.

Ratchaphon, still wearing leg chains, climbed quickly over the court fence and fled on a waiting motorcycle ridden by Palangwatchara.

Following the escape, the two men went to a relative's house in Khon Kaen, to have his leg chains removed. They then fled in a car, leaving the motorcycle at the house.

The two men went to Maha Sarakham to get 14,000 meth pills hidden there. They stayed at a resort in Chiang Yuen before returning to Khon Kaen about 5am on Friday.

During the arrest, Ratchaphon and Palangwatchara were found consuming speed pills, and a large quantity of them was found scattered on the floor, with some being flushed down the toilet.

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  • accomplice: a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong - ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด
  • chain (noun): a series of connected metal rings, used for pulling or fastening things; a length of chain used for a particular purpose - โซ่
  • consume: to eat, drink or use something - บริโภค
  • custody: the state of being in prison or under police control, especially while waiting for trial - การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
  • escape (verb): to get away from a place; to leave a place where you are in danger - หนี
  • escapee (noun): a person who has escaped from somewhere - คนหลบหนี
  • fence: a structure made of wood or wire supported with posts that is put between two areas of land as a boundary, or around a garden/yard, field, etc. to keep animals in, or to keep people and animals out - รั้ว
  • flush: to make water pass through a toilet - กดชักโครก
  • manhunt: an organised search for a person, especially a criminal - การล่าหัว  การตามล่าจับกุม
  • methamphetamine: a stimulant drug that increases alertness and energy, but which is dangerous when taken in large amounts or over a long period of time - ยาบ้า
  • seize (verb): to take something using force - ยึด, จับกุม
  • storm: to use force to enter a place and try to take control of it - บุกกระหน่ำ
  • surround: to be everywhere around something - ล้อมรอบ
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