No rest for the weary: Man comes home from work, is busted for drugs

PHUKET: A Myanmar native returned home from work on Tuesday only to be arrested for drugs by Phuket Police officers who were lying in wait at his house.

Police raided a camp in Chalong after receiving a tip-off that workers at the camp were selling kratom leaves.

The workers living in the four houses at the camp fled when they saw the police, who were left empty-handed, said Crime Suppression Division (CSD) officer Maj Rungsak Jaijandee.

Searching the houses, police found 26kg of kratom leaves, 27 bottles of cough syrup and equipment to boil the leaves.

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Kratom and cough syrup are ingredients in the popular illegal beverage called “4×100”.

Police decided to wait at the camp for the workers to return, and at 5:45pm, a man named Mr Zugar entered his house and was arrested for possession of a Category 5 drug with intent to sell, Maj Rungsak said.

Kratom busts are continuing in Phuket despite the national-level debate about decriminalizing the leaves. The last two arrests were on September 15, for 4kg and 10kg of the leaves (story here).

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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