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Drug clan caught in nationwide raids

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Drug clan caught in nationwide raids
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PHUKET: Joint Army and police raids at scores of locations in nine provinces yesterday uncovered about Bt100 million in suspected ill-gotten assets owned by an influential drug-dealing family.

Security sources said the simultaneous raids would be used as a model in an all-out anti-narcotic effort under the supervision of the military rulers.

The operation will target people who are not involved directly in drug dealing but willingly possess the ill-gotten assets of drug dealers in an attempt to prevent them being seized.

Yesterday’s raids were conducted at 61 locations in Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phetchaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chai Nat, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Pathom and Songkhla, where assets such as homes and luxury cars belonging to the sae-Tern family are located. There were 10 arrests.

Deputy national police chief General Pongsapat Pongcharoen said the raids were the result of a drug bust in March in which Kornthong Leesaikerd, a member of the Sae-Tern family, was arrested and three million amphetamine tablets and five vehicles that were used to transport the pills in Phetchabun were seized. It was discovered the pills were smuggled into Thailand from a neighbouring country through Loei province.

Sae-Tern is Kornthong’s original surname.

The family mainly buys and resells pills and other drugs to buyers based in Central Thailand, Pongsapat alleged.

He said that Chiang Mai was an operational base of the family, with a woman identified as Koi Chew sae-Tern coordinating the operation. He said a related raid was conducted earlier in Phetchaburi at the home of Thitiphong Honechaiya, a drug suspect, which resulted in his arrested along with two women.

A large number of items owned by him worth around Bt20 million were seized, including five cars, plus cash from four bank accounts, four handguns and four rifles. An apartment and a poultry farm was also been seized.

Pol Maj-General Putthichad Ekkachan, a senior anti-narcotics commander, said the sae-Tern family had successfully transported drugs on three occasions, delivering around 5.7 million amphetamine tablets to buyers.

Thitiphong, Sawitree Srisawas and Ann Chuangchoo were local operators for the clan in Phetchaburi, he alleged.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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20 people arrested at Pattaya restaurant for allegedly violating alcohol ban

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Following an abortive attempt at a kidnap for ransom at the end of March, 3 people are currently under arrest, National vaccine rollout could finally get underway next week, pecially trained sniffer dogs will soon be deployed on the streets of Bangkok to sniff out cases of Covid-19 infection, Koh Samet reopening to visitors after being closed for 3 weeks and Local fishermen have found space debris, possibly from a satellite or parts of a used launch rocket.

 

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Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts

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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

Some of the clusters include…

  • Construction workers’ camps in Khlong Toey, Laksi and Watthana
  • Khlong Toey slum communities
  • Huai Khwang market
  • Prisons in the Chatuchak district

The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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