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Largest drug haul in Thai history

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TUBLAMU, PHANG-NGA: The Royal Thai Navy recorded the largest drug bust in Thai history on Sunday, after they seized an estimated five million ya bah (methamphetamine) pills and 100 kilograms of heroin valued at more than a billion baht ($25 million). Four naval patrol boats and a Dornier helicopter from Tublamu base captured two fishing trawlers, one carrying the drugs, 130 kilometers west of the Surin Islands. The Navy arrested the 20 crew members, of whom six were Thais and 14 were Burmese. Meanwhile, in a coordinated effort, police arrested Chairat Saetan and Prateap Kaweeapiradeeroj, the two alleged financiers of the drug operation, in Bangkok. The owner of both boats, Sapachai Krajadjan was arrested in Ranong. The captain of the Chocktaweechai 5, Raksit Vinitkul, 27, from Samut Sakhon, confessed that he picked up the drugs from a Burmese boat in international waters. But the navy intercepted both vessels before the ya bah was transferred to the Chocktawatchai 4, which was to take the pills to Ranong, home port for both boats. The Chocktaweechai 5 was bound for Singapore with the 100 kilograms of heroin still on board, hidden in 44-gallon drums, Raksit added. Jurin Laksanapisit from the Prime Minister’s Office told the Gazette yesterday morning that, “This haul is even bigger than the four million ya bah tablets the police seized in Prachuap Khiri Khan last year. “The traffickers hoped to elude the police and navy whom they thought would be busy during the election period. Since our crackdown on transportation overland from factories in Burma, to the North and North-east, the traffickers were trying a new route by sea.” Jurin added.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall. Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike. The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. Pools of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was undrivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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