Thammanoon Kaewsirnuon, 31, and Khlongsiri Rorngsakul, 24, were caught at their rental house in Thalang on Monday, after police were tipped off by a man named by officers only as ‘Pop’, who was arrested on June 17 for drug possession.
“Mr Pop was buying drugs from Mr Thammanoon and Ms Khlongsiri, and told us about their involvement in the network,” said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Patchara Boonyasit.
“We then located their homes, monitored their activities and collected evidence. We were able to move in and make an arrest on Monday.”
At the house, police found 240.8 grams of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), 50 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine), an M3 submachine gun – also known as a ‘Grease Gun’ – a Luger P-08 handgun and a loaded revolver with six rounds of ammunition, as well as 55 rounds of ammunition.
“The two suspects told police that the drugs and weapons belong to Somsak Pankhao, the alleged head of their network,” said Maj Gen Patchara.
Police have now launched a manhunt for Mr Somsak.
Mr Thammanoon and Ms Khlongsiri were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, illegal possession of a weapon and corresponding ammunition and possession of a weapon of war, confirmed Gen Patchara.
“This is a big case. The government has ordered all provincial police to keep an eye out for these types of criminals,” Gen Patchara said. “We have ordered all police stations in Phuket to pay attention to this issue and continue to work hard to keep Phuket residents safe.”
— Kongleaphy Keam
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