7 arrested in swoop on gangs

7 arrested in swoop on gangs

Police yesterday display some of their vast haul of drugs following the crackdown on five networks in the central region. Nutthawat Wicheanbut
Police yesterday display some of their vast haul of drugs following the crackdown on five networks in the central region. Nutthawat Wicheanbut

Crackdowns on five drug networks in the Central region resulted in the seizure of large quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis and kratom, according to police.

Provincial Police Region (PPR) 1 commissioner Pol Lt Gen Amphon Buarapphon, yesterday told a press briefing that the seizures were made from gangs operating in Nonthaburi, Saraburi and Pathum Thani.

Seven suspects were arrested and almost 160,800 meth pills, 16 kilogrammes of crystal ice, 60kg of kratom, 490kg of cannabis were seized, he said, adding that five cars were also impounded.

Of those arrested, four were allegedly members of major drug networks in Nonthaburi and Saraburi.

In Nonthaburi, Ratchanon Yimdee, 21, was arrested during a raid on his home, during which police seized 4,581 meth pills, a car and assets worth 140,000 baht.

The raid followed a tip-off that the suspect's house was being used to store drugs, Pol Lt Gen Amphon said.

Meanwhile, two other suspects, Norachai Yasathorn, 55, and Tuan Oou, 34, a Myanmar national, were arrested in Soi Phuyai Sawang in tambon Klong Khoi of Nonthaburi's Pak Kret district.

Police arrested both men after a search of their white Isuzu pickup truck revealed 60kg of kratom, and a 9mm pistol.

In Saraburi, Nong Khae police arrested Apicha Konghome, 25, at a house in tambon Phai Tam of Nong Khae district, after police were told he was selling drugs to teenagers in the area.

Some 156,206 meth pills and 600 grammes of crystal ice were found in hidden in a ceiling.

Pol Lt Gen Amphon said investigators were also following the money trails of the networks and expected to make additional seizures of assets acquired by the gangs through their drug-trafficking activities.

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