Two men arrested in major drug bust by MPB worth millions of baht

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

A recent crackdown by the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) led to a drug bust and the arrest of two 25 year old men. The duo, identified as Ton from Chiang Rai province, and Narongkiet from Suphanburi province, were apprehended today at their rental residence in Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom province, with an assortment of illegal drugs worth millions of baht.

The police seized approximately three million methamphetamine pills, 24 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, and 9,000 ecstasy pills. In addition to the narcotics, a Sig Sauer 9-millimetre short pistol and an ammunition magazine loaded with 16 bullets were found in Ton’s possession.

The MPB’s operation was the culmination of an extended two-month surveillance and investigation. The breakthrough came when the authorities confirmed the identities of Ton and Narongkiet as the individuals delivering drugs to Kittipong, a drug dealer known to police, and linked to an online drug trafficking network on Twitter.

The pair confessed to the police that they were hired by an individual known only as Tawen, who operates from a neighbouring country. They were tasked with storing and delivering drugs to customers who placed orders online. In return, they received a monthly salary of approximately 50,000 baht and had been involved in this illegal operation for two years.

Ton and Narongkiet used their earnings to finance their daily living expenses. They also revealed their specific roles within the operation, with Ton being the driver and Narongkiet responsible for delivering the narcotics to prearranged locations, mostly within the suburb area, reported KhaoSod.

The police have charged the pair with jointly trading Category 1 narcotics (methamphetamine, ice, and ecstasy) without permission, causing public distribution and impacting public safety and state stability. Ton faces an additional charge of unauthorised possession and public carrying of a firearm.

The authorities have handed over the suspects to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau for further legal proceedings. The investigation is ongoing, with the police focusing on apprehending Tawen, the alleged overseer of the operation.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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