Connect with us


Shrimp farmer and mule netted in ya bah sting

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Shrimp farmer and mule netted in ya bah sting | Thaiger

PHUKET CITY: A joint sting operation carried out yesterday between Phuket City Police Station and Phang Nga police officers netted 1,100 ya bah (methamphetamine) tablets and two alleged dealers.

Phuket City Police Superintendent Col Paween Pongsirin told the Gazette that undercover officers met with shrimp farmer Sanan Pandej, 50, from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, outside the Imperial 2 Hotel on Luang Por Rd in the city center yesterday at 1 pm.

There, said Col Paween, the deal was struck and Sanan drove the officers in his Isuzu pickup to Phuket City Bus Station, to await the arrival of the alleged “mule” carrying the drugs.

Col Paween said that one Paison Tingson, 23, stepped from a Bangkok-Phuket tour bus with the 1,100 ya bah, then proceeded to Sanan’s vehicle and into a police trap.

Both men were arrested and the drugs were seized, along with some 12,350 baht in cash, a 10-baht (750-carat) gold necklace, Sanan’s pickup truck and two bus tickets.

According to the police, Sanan allegedly bought an undisclosed number of tablets at 80 baht apiece from Khmer drug warlords in Baan Rong Kreai, Sa Kaeo Province in the east of Thailand.

He would then sell the ya bah to other dealers at 150 baht a tablet, before they in turn would sell them on to users for 450 baht each.

Col Paween said that both men had confessed and were currently on remand in Phuket Provincial Prison, pending further inquiries.

“We will continue the investigation to find everyone involved in their chain [of drug dealing],” Col Paween added.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube 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:

Krabi3 hours ago

Krabi tourism businesses not thrilled about Thailand’s reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Thammasat University negotiates multiple deals for vaccines

Bangkok5 hours ago

Bangkok prepares swab hubs, rules easing for city 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!

Bangkok6 hours ago

Rescue workers cut stuck PVC pipe from man’s genitals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Covid-19 Saturday Update: 10,648 cases, 82 deaths, provincial data

Thailand9 hours ago

Nearly 70,000 foreigners register for vaccines on expatvac site

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok10 hours ago

Worker rescued from outside 26th floor after alleged rope cut

Tourism11 hours ago

38 countries reportedly on short list for no-quarantine reopening

Tourism11 hours ago

Tourism operators: Russians and others need clear entry rules

World12 hours ago

Australian suspected gas leak is actually familiar smell for Thais

Bangkok13 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation provides food relief for animals in flood-hit central Thailand

Hot News1 day ago

Thai Twitter goes crazy as Russell Crowe tweets Sandbox visit

Crime1 day ago

Transgender woman arrested for selling live sex show on LINE

Crime1 day ago

Thai woman charged with trafficking women to Bahrain for sex

Thailand News Today1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Arrival quarantine waived for 5 countries, The new Thailand pass | Oct. 15

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

Thailand9 months ago

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