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Phuket Police seek high-tech solution to ya bah problem

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PHUKET: With no end in sight to the battle against the illegal trade in ya bah (methamphetamine), Phuket Provincial Police hope to buy high-tech drug detection technology in order to better check vehicles entering the province at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint.

Phuket Police Commander Pekad Tantipong made the announcement at a press conference at Phuket City Police Station this morning.

The meeting was held to announce the arrest of a young couple caught with 1,546 ya bah pills at 2pm yesterday.

They were identified as Phuket native Pratya “Ned” Wanseng, 28, and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Chanjira “Ping” Tongkham.

Miss Chanjira holds the rank of “acting sub-lieutenant” in the Royal Thai Army and worked as a tour guide until her arrest, police said.

The couple were arrested at their home in the Irawadee Village 2 housing estate on the Bor Rae–Ban Narang Rd in Wichit.

Police said they acted on a tip-off that a Surat Thani-registered Nissan pickup-truck would arrive at the checkpoint that day. They allowed the vehicle to pass though the checkpoint, then trailed it to the home in Wichit where they made the arrest.

Seized as evidence in the case were the the pickup truck, 1,546 ya bah pills, and a notebook said to contain a list of clients and banking transactions.

Mr Pratya said it was his first time dealing narcotics.

After reading the press statement, Maj Gen Pekad told the press that there had been an increase in the number of drug arrests in July, with 118 cases.

The number of cases shows a dramatic increase over July 2009 when there were just 47 cases.

Tah Chat Chai, Chalong and Kathu were the areas with the largest increase in arrests. This reflects a worrying increase in the amount of illegal narcotics reaching the island, Maj Gen Pekad said.

He advised parents to maintain strong, affectionate relationships with their children so they don’t fall into the trap of drug addiction. Behavioral changes and constant requests for cash with no clear explanation as to how it is spent could indicate a drug problem, he said.

On the technical front, he said a research committee was sent to the northeastern province of Nong Khai on August 11 to observe the operation of a drug detection unit at a border checkpoint there.

Phuket Provincial Police hope to acquire a similar unit to install at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint.

During his visit to the island last month, Deputy Interior Minister Thavorn Senniam said his ministry was prepared to provide partial funding for one such unit, prices for which range from five million baht to 20 million baht.

Additional funding could come from other organizations and agencies, he said.

Maj Gen Pekad did not go into detail about the type of technology used, or if it is related in any way to the now-discredited “molecular resonance” technology used in the controversial “Alpha 6” units that are still in operation by some law enforcement agencies on the island.

Both stationary and mobile units are available, and a fixed unit would probably be more appropriate at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint, he said.

There have been several major drug busts at Tah Chat Chai in recent weeks. All have been the result of thorough checks following tip-offs.

Another common method used by drug dealers to get narcotics onto the island is by stashing them away in luggage stored in the baggage hold of Phuket-bound tour buses departing Bangkok.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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