Yuth Wongthanom, 38, with police of the Ban Phaeo station in Samut Sakhon province on Thursday after being arrested for methamphetamine possession at his home. (Screen capture from TV 3 channel)
SAMUT SAKHON: A 38-year-old man who won a 12 million baht lottery prize last year has been arrested for welcoming the endless stream of friends to his new house with free methamphetamine pills.
Yuth Wongthanom was detained at his house in Ban Phaeo district on Thursday.
Local police arrived with a search warrant after learning the house owner regularly gave away methamphetamine pills to visitors. They found a plastic bag containing 31 speed pills buried near a mango tree in his backyard.
Mr Yuth told police that he had previously earned a living collecting vegetables for sale. His life took a sudden change for the better when he won a 12 million baht first-prize in the government lottery on July 16 last year.
He spent 7 million baht buying 4 rai of land and 3.5 million baht on his new house, and then had to welcome the regular stream of friends who came to visit him each day, Thai media reported.
As he was addicted to methamphetamine himself and managed to buy enough to treat his friends free of charge -- until word spread too far, and he was arrested.
addicted : unable to stop using or doing something - ซึ่งติดนิสัยในบางอย่าง
backyard (noun): the area in back of a house - สวนหลังบ้าน, พื้นที่หลังบ้าน
detained : kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
lottery : a way of raising money for a government, charity, etc. by selling tickets that have different numbers on them that people have chosen. Numbers are then chosen by chance and the people who have those numbers on their tickets win prizes - สลากกินแบ่ง, ล็อตเตอรี่
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
search warrant : an official document that allows the police to search a building - หมายค้น
stream (noun): a continuous flow of something, e.g., liquid, gas, inflormation or even people - การไหลต่อเนื่อง, กระแส
treat (verb): to pay for something that somebody/you will enjoy and that you do not usually have or do - เลี้ยง