Connect with us


Phuket police break open multi-million-baht drug network

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police yesterday presented four suspects arrested for dealing millions of baht of drugs that were delivered from Bangkok by bus.

Presented as evidence at a press conference today were more than 19,000 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine) and 120 grams of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), as well as two illegal firearms and two cars.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Patchara Boonyasit named the four suspects as Inrum “Lee” Jaevo, 36; Sarawut “Bird” Tanragun, 28; Songwut “Ake” Tang-uthai, 37; and Somkid “Bow” Prateepthong, 38.

All four were arrested in less than 24 hours on Monday, starting with Mr Inrum, who was taken into custody at a house in Rassada at about 3:30pm, Maj Gen Patchara explained.

“Officers found 6 grams of ya ice in his possession,” Gen Patchara said. “He told police that he sourced his drugs from Mr Sarawut, who was arrested at a house in Wichit less than three hours later.”

Police found Mr Sarawut in possession of about 50 grams of ya ice, about 1,000 pills of ya bah and an unlicensed .38 handgun. They also seized his Toyota car as evidence.

After questioning Mr Sarawut, police next arrested Mr Songwut at a rented room in Soi Hong Leng Uthit, near Surakul Stadium, at about 9:30pm.

In his room officers seized about 50 grams of ya ice and about 3,800 pills of ya bah, Gen Patchara explained.

Mr Songwut told police that he sold the drugs with his partner, Mr Somkid, who police arrested at a house on Thepkrasatti Road in Koh Kaew, just south of the Heroines Monument, at about midnight.

In the house, officers found 16,000 pills of ya bah that were pre-packed in bundles of 2,000 pills each.

They also found an unlicensed 11mm limited-edition Colt handgun with 62 bullets in a closet, and officers seized his brand-new Honda sedan still sporting red dealer license plates.

Mr Somkid confessed that the drugs were delivered from Bangkok by bus for him and his now-arrested accomplices to sell in Phuket.

The drugs were shipped to him by his supplier, who he named only as “Je Na”.

His latest delivery was 22,000 ya bah pills for which he was to pay 2.2 million baht.

“This time I received 11 packs of ya bah [with 2,000 pills per pack], but I sold three packs before I was arrested,” Mr Somkid told the press.

“This batch was brought to Phuket by a man on a bus which arrived at the Phuket bus terminal [on Thepkrasattri Road] on November 9. I picked up the drugs myself.”

Mr Somkid explained that he had been selling drugs for five months, but added that he also ran a small coffee shop in Wichit.

“That shop is now closed,” noted Gen Patchara.

Mr Somkid admitted that he had already spent time in jail on a drugs charge, and that he was released from jail three years ago.

“I learned of Je-Na while I was in prison,” he told the press.

Gen Patchara vowed to bring down the rest of the drug network.

“We will continue our investigation until we catch this ‘Je-Na’ in Bangkok, and we will arrest every person who is involved in this network,” he said, adding that this included at least three people who opened bank accounts that Mr Somkid paid drug funds into.

Mr Inrum and Mr Songwut were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, while Mr Sarawut and Mr Somkid were both charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell and with possession of an illegal firearm and corresponding ammunition.

“The number of drug cases on the island is on the rise, and we will hunt down these criminals with whatever clues we have,” Gen Patchara said.

“If any person has any information about a drug network, please let us know. We will be glad to receive any information about it. Do not be afraid, we know what to do.”

— Natthaphol Wittayarungrote


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Economy34 mins ago

Bank of Thailand plans real-world test of digital currency in 2022

Hua Hin1 hour ago

Hua Hin calls for delay in reopening amid Covid-19 infections

Chiang Mai2 hours ago

Chiang Mai Covid-19 infections swell ahead of reopening

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Koh Samui3 hours ago

Thailand’s bars and beach parties remain strictly closed (cough)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Covid-19 Sunday: Deaths fall to low of 56, provincial data

Tourism4 hours ago

Ministry of Foreign Affairs sings praises of Thailand Pass

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Covid-19 in prison: outbreaks from overcrowding now subsiding

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Covid-19 deaths receding, but still here; 1 month old baby dies

Crime22 hours ago

Van packed with 39 illegal burmese workers stopped in Phichit

Vietnam23 hours ago

Vietnam to test reopening starting with Phu Quoc Island

World1 day ago

Chinese law to limit homework and tutoring pressure on kids

Bangkok1 day ago

Thai man takes grandfather hostage in Bangkok standoff

Thailand1 day ago

Covid-19 forces 70 private schools out of business, 100 to follow

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Covid-19 clusters prompt lockdown in 3 Korat villages

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Thammasat University says vaccines slowed by government docs

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11