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by Jessada Chantharak

A Narathiwat politician is on the run following the issuing of an arrest warrant after being implicated in a major local drug bust.

A politician at the Narathiwat OrBorTor has been implicated by four drug suspects as the person who hired them to move 459 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, a very large quantity of ‘ice’.

Three men, aged between 32 and 57 plus a 33 year old female accomplice were arrested with the drugs and were charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell last week.

Officers had extended their inquiries and identified the alleged mastermind as a Narathiwat district-based politician, 58 year old Waeng Kareeya Jehmamah. An arrest warrant was issued on July 12. Police are now hunting the elusive politician, who was also allegedly the man who financed the drug smuggling operation.

The bust stemmed from an investigation into a drug trafficking ring that was based in a Burmese border town of Tachileik. It is claimed the gang would smuggle drugs into Thailand via the Chiang Rai border with Myanmar before heading south to central provinces, Bangkok and on to the south of Thailand.

Warawuth and Angsuree were arrested by a roadside in Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thien district where they were driving in a pick-up truck loaded with the “ice”, before police went on to arrest Phosa and Koseng at a gas station in Songkhla province.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Thai “net idol” arrested on attempted murder charges over alleged Bangkok shooting

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Police arrested internet “idol” and self-professed gambler Apirak “Sia Po” Chat-anon who allegedly shot 2 men outside a massage parlour on Bangkok. Sia Po had turned himself in to police, saying he was at the shooting, but wasn’t carrying a firearm. Police arrested him on charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying the gun in public and firing shots.

The shooting happened around 10:30pm Tuesday night outside the Saree Sauna & Shop on Ratchaphurek Road in the Phasicharoen district, injuring 2 men. Reports don’t go into detail about the men’s conditions, or if they have been interviewed by police.

Sia Po told police he is a regular customer at the massage shop and was there on Tuesday with 3 of his friends while his brother was out on an “appointment” with 2 “rival” men at a nearby liquor store. Apparently, it didn’t go well. Sia Po’s brother along with 10 friends met up with him at the massage shop, but then the rival group arrived with possibly around 200 people. Sia Po says the rival men pointed guns at them and he estimates 60 shots were fired.

Sia Po claims he didn’t have a firearm and says he quickly fled the scene. He asked police to review surveillance camera footage. Police searched his family’s home and did not find any illegal weapons or other evidence.

The Bangkok Post once called Sia Po the “Gambler King.” Sia Po has advocated for the legalisation of gambling and the government even asked him to be an advisor on a committee reviewing the gambling law.

Sia Po is also a former boxer and a so-called “net idol.” Various Facebook pages and accounts are under Sia Po’s name. One account posts photos of himself with stacks of cash, many 1,000 and 500 baht bank notes, saying that he will pay girls who “make me happy.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Facebook

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Missing man’s body found in Krabi forest, wife believes he was killed

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The body of a missing man was found by locals walking through a forest in Krabi’s Plai Phraya district. The man’s wife believes he was murdered, but police have not announced if they will open a homicide investigation, saying they are waiting for autopsy results.

47 year old Arun Sittisang went missing in May. Authorities who initially examined the body believe he has been dead for at least 3 months. His wife, 47 year old Sujit Kaewwihok, travelled from Nakhon Si Thammarat to identify the body and says she thinks Arun was killed.

Arun’s 21 year old daughter says her father contacts the family on a regular basis since he often travels, but he suddenly stopped calling in May.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Thairath

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Thieves arrested after stealing safe containing 10 million baht

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Police in the central province of Saraburi have arrested 6 people suspected of stealing a safe containing over 10 million baht in cash. Thai Residents reports that officers found over 7 million baht in US dollars and Chinese yuan, and over 3 million baht in Indonesian rupiah.

Saraburi police arrested the suspects on Monday, who have been named as, 34 year old Prem, who worked as a Chinese interpreter, 33 year old Wuttisad, 36 year old Bangorn, 36 year old Nipon, 39 year old Athit, and 24 year old Thanongsak.

It’s understood Wuttisad and Bangorn are married and recruited the other suspects to assist with the robbery, with Nipon finding the truck used in their escape. Prem is understood to have been very familiar with the office building where the robbery took place, confirming that security cameras were off at the time of the burglary on August 22. The thieves broke into the premises in the district of Muak Lek, in Saraburi, and managed to carry a safe down from the second floor, before absconding with it. The safe is believed to be the property of a Chinese national, named as Jang Hui Jwean.

Police are still searching for an additional suspect, named as 28 year old Thanawut Kaewprasit, from the north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum. Officers have also seized evidence, including 5 mobile phones, a truck registered in the north-eastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu, several bank books, and the clothes worn by the suspects when they carried out the robbery.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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