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9 arrests as police net huge drugs haul in 4 cases in north, north-east

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Millions of methamphetamine pills, over 800 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, and over 700 kilograms of cannabis have been seized by police in 4 separate cases. The Narcotics Suppression Bureau confirmed the seizures, along with the arrests of 9 suspects, at its headquarters in Bangkok. The parade of police and the seized narcotics are a staple in Thai police PR.

The Bangkok Post reports that the first bust took place in the north-eastern province of Sakon Nakhon, when 19 year old Anupan Piemfah and 44 year old Monchai Pliennoi were arrested at a petrol station after police received a tip-off that they were in possession of 704 kilograms of cannabis. The drug was discovered in 16 sacks, inside a Toyota car. It’s understood the men had picked the drug up from suppliers in the north-east and were delivering it to customers in central and southern Thailand.

Police in the north-east also arrested 4 men and seized 455 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 50 ecstasy tablets. The suspects are 27 year old Thanapat Tancharoen, 28 year old Komsan Pothisonothai, 41 year old Wuthipong Surarit, and 33 year old Niran Thongkallaya. They are accused of picking the drugs up at various locations along the Mekong River in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Phanom, with plans to deliver the drugs to customers in the southern province of Pattani, on the Malaysian border. During the arrests, Wuthipong shot at police as he tried to flee. He and Komsan also face charges of illegal possession of firearms.

3 men of Hmong ethnicity who live in Tak province, bordering Myanmar, have been arrested in Nakhon Phanom and the northern province of Nakhon Sawan. All 3 are accused of transporting over 4 million methamphetamine pills, concealed in 19 sacks. They have been named as 33 year old Noohua Sae Mah, 28 year old Wathanyu Sae Song, and 22 year old Niboon Songsatwong.

The fourth case netted 370 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 400,000 meth pills and 250 kilos of ketamine, which were seized at a sugar cane farm in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat. It’s understood the drugs were due to be picked up by smugglers. As yet, there have been no arrests in this case.

Last week, police seized over 11 tonnes of ketamine, valued around 29 billion baht, that was being stored at a warehouse in the province of Chachoengsao, just east of Bangkok.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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K-Pop fan-funded billboards move from BTS and MRT stations to tuks tuks to support protesters

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K-Pop fan-funded “happy birthday” billboards are moving from mass transit stations in Bangkok to tuk tuks after the BTS Skytrain and MRT Bangkok Metro temporarily shut down services during pro-democracy protests last month.

The world’s K-Pop fans are weaponising their huge numbers and online ‘power’ by supporting Thailand’s pro-democracy movement. In 3 days last month, Thai and overseas K-pop fans raised more than 3 million baht to support the growing student-led movement calling on government and monarchy reform. A lot more has been raised since then.

A Thailand fan page for the South Korean K-Pop band BTS (not to be confused with Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain) urged fans to stop paying for the “happy birthday” billboards displayed in BTS and MRT stations. The fan-funded signs celebrate the birthdays of the 7 members of the band.

The band members also issued a statement asking their fans (known as ARMY) to stop paying for signs in the BTS and MRT stations because the mass transit systems “inconvenienced protesters and normal citizens from getting home and putting them in danger.”

The “happy birthday” signs have been seen on tuk tuks throughout Bangkok while some have posted photos of empty advertising space in the transit stations.

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Man shot and killed outside Bangkok restaurant

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A man was shot to death at a parking lot outside a restaurant in Bangkok’s Noi district. Police, accompanied by a doctor from the Siriraj Hospital, arrived at the scene around 2am this morning and found 49 year old Damrong Taweekkhet with 2 gunshot wounds in his chest.

Damrong, a fruit vendor, was chatting with his friends in the parking lot when a motorbike driver rode up and started arguing with Damrong, a witness told police. The driver allegedly pulled out a gun and shot it multiple times.

Police say they suspect the shooter is Damrong’s friend who had argued with him inside the restaurant prior to the shooting. Police are still looking for the suspect and say the motorbike was seen driving down Boromratchonnee Road.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai couple arrested in Bangkok for allegedly trafficking 1 million methamphetamine pills

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Police in Bangkok arrested a Thai couple for allegedly smuggling 1 million methamphetamine pills. Police say 28 year old Weerasak Jedhun and 29 year old Jutharat Daengnoi planned to deliver and distribute the drugs to clients in the South.

The arrests stem from an earlier bust in Nonthaburi, a suburb outside Bangkok, where police seized 1 million methamphetamine pills and 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, according to police. The Patrol and Special Operation Division say that after the bust, they got a tip about a drug trafficking operation from a similar network.

Police stopped and arrested the couple at a petrol station in Bangkok. Along with seizing 1 million methamphetamine pills, police confiscated 3 mobile phones and a car.

Weerasak and Jutharat allegedly told police that they were paid about 50,000 baht to drive from the southern province Phatthalung up to Bangkok, pick up the drugs and drive back to the South to distribute the pills. The couple allegedly told police they were hired for a 3 month stint.

Police say Weerasak is also allegedly involved in 4 other drug cases. In one case, a methamphetamine pill was allegedly found in his pocket, but he claims a police officer set him up.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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