Selling illegal guns through Facebook, a risky business

Selling illegal guns through Facebook, a risky business

Withaya Chai-Auari, 32, and Suriya Khoksombat, 25, should not be too surprised that they are in a Bangkok jail today. Making illegal guns and selling them through Facebook is a risky business.

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Two suspects, Suriya Khoksombat, 25, sitting, left, and Withaya Chai-Auari, 32, sitting, right, are taken before reporters with the guns they allegedly produced and traded on Facebook. The men were nabbed in Bangkok yesterday and taken to the Metropolitan Police Bureau. APICHART JINAKUL

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Selling illegal guns through Facebook, a risky business

Making and selling illegal guns is a risky business, especially when your customers are largely vocational college students and other teenagers.

Trying to expand your market through Facebook only increases the risk since police regularly monitor the internet for illegal activities.

Thus, Withaya Chai-Auari, 32, and Suriya Khoksombat, 25, should not be too surprised that they are in a Bangkok jail today.

An undercover police officer posing as a customer contacted Mr Withaya on the internet to buy weapons. Mr Withaya turned up for the meeting with the guns in Phahon Yothin Soi 55 and was immediately arrested, police said.

Police later searched his apartment in Bang Khen district and found a large quantity of firearms including a homemade Thai Pradit gun, a pen gun, two grenades and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

Mr Withaya said he was the salesman, selling on Facebook weapons made by Mr Suriya, police said.

According to police, he told them he checked the backgrounds of potential customers before adding them to his list of friends and accepting firearms orders.

Police later arrested Mr Suriya at a house in Klong Sam Wa district, where gun-making equipment was also seized.

Mr Suriya is a highly-skilled gun maker, police said. The suspect said he repaired and reconditioned homemade guns for a fee. He said he had made guns to order for seven months, selling them for between a few thousand baht to over 10,000 baht each.

His customers included many vocational college students and teens, and he had sold about 100 guns, police said.

Police superintendent Pol Col Thiwa Sophacharoen said Mr Suriya had set up his own Facebook page using an alias. He said police will try and recover sold guns and customers could face charges of possessing illegal firearms.

The pair were charged with the production and trading of firearms.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
reporter – someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
trade –  the buying and selling of goods and services การค้าขาย
nab – to catch or arrest a criminal จับ
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
risky – involving the possibility of danger, harm or failure เสี่ยงอันตราย
vocational college – a school that focuses on providing the skills necessary for particular jobs สถานศึกษาวิชาชีพ วิทยาลัยอาชีวศึกษา
expand – to make or become larger (noun form: expansion)  ทำให้กว้าง, ทำให้ขยาย
monitor – to regularly check someone/something จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง
undercover – working secretly using a false appearance in order to get information for the police or government ลึกลับ,ลี้ลับ,ทำอย่างลับ
pose – to pretend to be something วางท่า
turn up – to come somewhere มาถึง
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
arrest – (of the police) taking someone under control (usually taken them to a police station) because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
search – to look somewhere carefully in order to find something ค้นหา
quantity – a particular amount of something  ปริมาณ, จำนวน
firearms – guns อาวุธปืน
grenade – a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun ลูกระเบิดเล็ก
round – a bullet or a shot that is fired from a weapon นัด(กระสุน) ชุดยิง
ammunition – bullets, bombs, etc that can be fired from a weapon อาวุธยุทธภัณฑ์, ลูกกระสุน
background – basic information about a person, i.e., the type of career, training, or education that someone has had ประวัติ
potential – possible ความเป็นไปได้, ที่อาจเกิดขึ้นได้
seize – to take something using official power and force ยึด
skilled – having enough ability, experience and knowledge to be able to do something well มีทักษะ,
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
recondition – to repair a machine or instrument so that it is in good condition and works well ซ่อมแซม, ปรับปรุง
fee – an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do/have something ค่าธรรมเนียม
superintendent – a senior police officer เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจระดับสูง
alias – used when a person, especially a criminal or an actor, is known by two names; used before a different name that someone uses instead of their real name  ฉายา, สมญานาม
recover – to get something back  ได้กลับคืนมา
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
possess – to have or own something  ครอบครอง, ถือครอง
production – the process of making goods or materials, especially large quantities การผลิต

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