Raids net six Phuket drug dealers

PHUKET: Police arrested six Phuket suspects this week for allegedly peddling drugs for a kingpin operating in a prison in Central Thailand.

“In two days of raids, we were able to make all six arrests and seize a total of 246 grams of ya ice [crystal methamphetamine] and 114 ya ba [methamphetamine] pills. Additionally, we seized one firearm,” Lt Col Prawit Engchuan of the Phuket Provincial Police said yesterday.

The suspects were named as Piphan Tatipradit, 31; Nowana Limnguat, 36; Chatchai Choktipanang, 27; Sathithep Baanchang, 21; Surachet Pisetsin, 24; and Ken Taban, 22.

“After questioning the suspects, we learned that they were all part of a network connected to a prison in Central Thailand. However, at this time, we can’t reveal any further information,” Col Prawit said.

All six men were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell. Mr Sathithep was also charged with possession of an illegal firearm and matching ammunition.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

Phuket News

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