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Mother, pregnant woman among 5 arrested for drugs in Songkhla

Jack Burton

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A young woman carrying a baby and a pregnant woman were among 5 people caught using drugs in a raid at a rented house in Songkhla’s Thepha district. Local officials and volunteers surrounded the house after receiving a tip that people were using the property to take drugs and sell methamphetamine pills (“yaba”) and crystal methamphetamine (“ya ice”) to young people in the community.

In addition to the 5 arrests, authorities seized methamphetamine pills, crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The 5 were the house’s owner, 26 year old Pailin Saengthawee; 24 year old Rohanee Tiewlor; 23 year old Hafeesha Musoyaena; 26 year old Natthanicha Ongyim, and a teenage boy whose name was withheld.

Pailin was holding her 5 month old baby in her lap when she was arrested. It was learned that her husband is serving a 9 month jail term in another drug case. The husband of Rohanee, who is 8 months pregnant, is also serving a 1 year prison term for a drug conviction. Officials say all confessed to using drugs at the house regularly. They were handed over to Thepha police for further legal action.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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