Drug gang busted, meth pills seized

Drug gang busted, meth pills seized

Pol Lt Gen Charoenwit Sriwanich, the Region 4 police chief, shows a seized car found to  contain 24,000 meth pills, atr a media briefing in Khon Kaen on Monday. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)
Pol Lt Gen Charoenwit Sriwanich, the Region 4 police chief, shows a seized car found to contain 24,000 meth pills, atr a media briefing in Khon Kaen on Monday. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN: Police arrested three suspects and seized more than 420,000 methamphetamine pills during an operation in Khon Kaen preovince, Region 4 Provincial Police chief Charoenwit Sriwanich said on Monday.

Pol Lt Gen Charoenwit said the operation began with the arrest of Sophon Laoseth, 27, at Ban Don Na Dee in Ban Phai district on Friday, April 17, with 1,397 meth pills in his possession.

The suspect said he got the drugs from a man called Pond, 38, who lived with his Lao wife in a house at Ban Non Phai in tambon Hua Nong.

Police went there and found Nok Panthawong, 26, alone. She is eight-month pregnant. Also in the house were 6.3 grammes of dried marijuana and two pistols with 78 rounds of ammunition.

Ms Nok said her husband, Pond, stayed in a room at a resort in nearby Ban Nong Ranya.

Police obtained a search warrant and went to the resort. Pond was not in his room. 

Another man, Saksit Sripoying, 27, arrived in a Mazda 2 car. Police searched the vehicle and found  24,000 meth pills, Pol Lt Gen Charoenwit said

A search of a Honda car parked in front of another room at the resort found 396,000 meth pills in two sacks. In the room, the police found another 3,800 meth pills, 26 grammes of crystal methamphetamine  and a pistol.

According to police, Mr Saksit confessed he distributed drugs supplied by two brothers he knew as Pond and Pu to clients in Ban Phai and surrounding districts.

He last received about 500,000 meth pills from the brothers on April 16 and had delivered some of them to customers.

Pol Lt Gen Charoenwit said court warrants had been issued for the arrest of Pond and Pu, who were natives of Mukdahan province. The cars were impounded as evidence.



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