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Drug dealer busted at Tah Chat Chai checkpoint

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PHUKET: A drug dealer was arrested with more than 4,000 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine) worth more than 400,000 baht at Tah Chat Chai checkpoint Sunday evening.

Chaiwat Urairot, 28, was arrested while trying to enter Phuket from Songkhla at about 6pm.

“We aim to thoroughly check every vehicle entering Phuket. During one of our routine checks, we found Mr Chaiwat behaving in a ‘suspicious manner’, so we stopped his pick-up truck for a further inspection,” said Lt Col Jaran Boonsophab of Tah Chat Chai Police.

Officers first discovered a small bag of ya bah hidden in the console area of the driver’s side door, and then another 20 bags hidden in the hood.

“Mr Chaiwat claimed that a man named ‘Bang Yee’ had hired him to deliver the drugs from Songkhla to an agent in Phuket. He said that the agent would call him when he reached Phuket and added that he had not yet been paid for the job,” said Col Jaran.

Mr Chaiwat was charged with possession of a category 1 drug with intent to sell and was taken to Tah Chat Chai Police Station for further legal processing.

“We are questioning Mr Chaiwat to broaden the case further and apprehend others involved in the network,” said Col Jaran in a routine statement.

Earlier this month, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong announced plans to boost security protocols at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint, including more CCTV cameras, scanners and lanes (story here). The timeline for implementation of this plan, however, is yet to be revealed.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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