By Khanathit Srihirundaj
Five successful drug busts had led to the arrest of nine suspects along with 700kg of marijuana, 2.8kg of cocaine, 306,000 methamphetamine pills, 2kg of crystal meth or “ice”, four vehicles and 12 cell phones. The evidence was worth over 70 million baht. The announcement today from National police chief General Chakthip Chaijinda.
In the first case, police arrested two men in their late 30s and a 35 year old female suspect along with 600kg of marijuana plus two cars and five cell phones at a gas station in Kalasin’s Muang district. They said the Tuesday bust followed a tip-off that a drug gang would transport their cargo in two sedans with Bangkok registrations.
In the second case, police arrested a 43 year old suspect Samon Khunthum along with 100kg of marijuana plus a pickup truck and two cell phones at the Thanyaburi tollgate of the Kanchanapisek motorway in Pathum Thani’s Lam Lukka district on Monday.
This stemmed from a tip-off that the drug-trafficking ring would have a cargo transported from Nakhon Phanom to Bangkok using two pickup trucks.
The second pick-up and its driver escaped the police’s arrest.In the third case, police and customs officials in the Airport Interdiction Task Force (AITF) arrested a Kenyan woman identified as Faith Igaiza Kidake, 24, along with 2.8kg of cocaine and a cell phone on Tuesday at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
In the fourth bust, police said they arrested two males and two females aged 26 to 41 along with 106,000 meth pills and 2kg of “ice”, plus a sedan, three cell phones at a checkpoint on Phetchkasem highway in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district on June 23.In the fifth case, police seized 200,000 meth pills from Rim Kok village in Chiang Rai’s Muang district on June 23.
The operation reportedly stemmed from the investigation that found a drug gang from Ratchaburi would collect the narcotics at the village for distribution in Ratchaburi and elsewhere. A patrol spotted a bag left by a village road on Saturday filled with meth pills, the police said.
STORY: The Nation
Weather warning for summer storms in upper Thailand
The Thai Meteorological Department has announced weather warnings for potential summer storms in upper Thailand.
They say a high-pressure system from China will extend to, and meet, the hot weather over upper Thailand.
“From March 31 – April 3, outbreaks of summer thunderstorms will be likely in the upper country.”
Thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail are possible, first in the Northeast region and then East, Central and the Northern regions.
“Please stay safe from the severe conditions by keeping away from open areas, big trees and unsecured billboards whilst storms are brewing. Farmers are advised to prepare for crop damage.”
Pattaya’s “sex gurus” ordered to remain in detention as they continue fight
Ten Russian self-appraised ‘sex gurus’ at the centre of a sex-techniques course held in Pattaya in February have been ordered to remain in detention by the Pattaya Court.
The Thai News Agency are reporting that eight of the ten involved in offering the course appeared in court at the end of last week. The Court asked if they admitted their crimes – they all denied it. The eight also informed the Court that they had instructed lawyers to fight their cases. They were then taken back to jail to await their next day in court.
One person is charged with overstay, three with illegal entry and all ten, “working without a work permit”.
They were arrested on February 26 in a Pattaya Sai 2 Road hotel where they were allegedly conducting courses on sex techniques to 43 Russians who had paid 20,000 baht each.
The group were led by 35 year old “Alex Leslie” and “Nastya Rubka”. Nasty (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) later tried to trade her freedom for information about meddling in the US elections claiming she had connections with Russian oligarchs.
The location of Alex and Nastya is not mentioned in the TNA story but they are understood to remain in detention in Bangkok whilst investigations in to their claims continues.
SOURCE: Thai News Agency
“Not for sale at any price” – Mu Pa Academy VP
In the wake of 13 of their young footballers being rescued from the Tham Luang caves, TNA reports that some of the world’s biggest football clubs are showing interest in actually buying the Mu Pa football academy.
But the club’s vice president and manager Kittipong Intaechai says, despite the interest, his club is not for sale at any price.
Mr Intaechai notes the purpose of the academy is to help improve the lives of local boys in Chiang Rai through playing football, not to make money. Mr Intaechai is also warning the public about buying ‘Wild Boar’ souvenirs. In the aftermath of the rescue many souvenirs have been created that include the logo and name of the Wild Boar team.
“These have not been produced by the club but instead by people hoping to cash in on the back of the success of the rescue operation.”
While none of the clubs supposedly interested in buying the Wild Boars were named in the TNA report, teams from the around the world have offered support and gifts to the boys following their rescue from the cave.
German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich recently sent well wishes to the boys along with 13 replica jerseys which have ‘Moopa Academy’ printed on the back.
Manchester United previously invited the boys to their Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training base, while Portugal’s Benfica has also offered the boys an all expenses paid trip to train at its academy in Seixal, near Lisbon.
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