Phuket police seize 40,000 baht drug haul and arrest high-profile peddlers

Picture courtesy of Phuket Provincial Police.

In a significant anti-drug operation, Phuket Provincial Police have apprehended two notable drug peddlers known by their aliases Ming Samkong and Care Paniang. The areas of Samkong and Soi Paniang, famous points in the vicinity of Phuket Town and into Ratsada, act as their monikers’ inspiration.

The arrests took place on Wednesday in a successful raid spearheaded by Pol. Lt. Col. Pichit Thongto of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau division of Phuket Provincial Police.

Twenty-six-year-old Natthaphon ‘Ming’ Lodchaen, residing in Moo 6, Wichit, was apprehended in a rented room situated in Soi Paniang 3, Moo 5, Ratsada. Further investigation led to the discovery of an alarming quantity of contraband – 737 methamphetamine pills (Yaba) and 37.15 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice). The evidence collected totalled 10 items, including a motorbike valued at around 40,000 baht (US$1,167).

Natthaphon was charged with the illegal possession of Category 1 narcotics to distribute and for consuming Category 1 narcotics. He also faced charges related to his involvement in online gambling, The Phuket News reported.

The second arrest involved Nattakarn ‘Care’ Chanthongsuk, a 23 year old resident of Moo 6, Kathu. The apprehension was carried out at the Phuket Provincial Police Narcotics Suppression Laboratory No. 1 on Chumphon Rd in Phuket Town under the charge of using a Category 1 narcotic.

Following their arrests, both Natthaphon and Nattakarn were escorted to the Phuket City Police Station where the charges were formally instituted.

Earlier this week, Chon Buri Police apprehended and detained two men suspected of illicit drug dealing in the Banglamung district. The arrest unfolded on Monday afternoon, July 17, after residents tipped off the police about suspicious activities happening in their tranquil community.

An intriguing piece of information shared by an anonymous person hinted at the presence of a Thai man who was allegedly participating in underhand drug deals, paying special focus on young clients. To read more click HERE.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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