Connect with us


Ten arrested in Phuket drug busts

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: A drug dealer presented at a police conference in Phuket yesterday admitted that he was acting under orders from a prison inmate.

The suspect was one of 10 presented to the press in the meeting room at Patong Police Station yesterday.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong and Patong Police Superintendent Arayapan Pukbuakao chaired the proceedings.

Two suspects were arrested for selling drugs, the remainder for possession of ya bah (methamphetamine) or ya Ice (crystal methamphetamine).

Two more suspects, not present at the conference, were arrested in neighboring Thung Thong Police District, reporters were told

Evidence presented included 3.3 grams of ya Ice, 183 ya bah pills, two handguns, 56 rounds of ammunition and six mobile telephones.

One of the suspects was given an order to make a drug delivery by an inmate during a prison visit, Col Pekad said.

Col Arayapan said he was satisfied with the results of the “White Patong: free of illegal drugs” campaign now underway.

Strict suppression by police had reduced the amount of illegal drug use in the district, Maj Gen Pekad concurred.

Collaboration by local communities and business operators has played a key role in the success, he added.

Within two months, police will begin issuing “Strong community: free of illegal drugs” certificates to locales that are successful in eradicating illegal narcotics in their areas, he said.

Solving the problem of illegal drug use is key to crime prevention and a host of other social problems, he said.

To this effect, police all over Phuket will collaborate with district offices and the Phuket Provincial Office in compiling lists of known drug offenders, he added.

Each police district in Phuket will also be tasked with naming one community in their jurisdiction as a “Strong community: free of illegal drugs”, he said.

— Yodsak Jarana


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Drugs51 mins ago

Drug smuggler caught in Kalasin with 300 kg of marijuana

Politics2 hours ago

Amendment to reform Constitution rejected by Parliament

Medical3 hours ago

Gender Health Clinic opens in Bangkok for transgender needs

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


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

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

30 million baht added to vaccine side effects compensation fund

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Plan for 16-week gap between AstraZeneca vaccines dropped

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

CCSA: 120 day reopening will proceed with conditions

Tourism8 hours ago

Sandbox latest, CCSA says all regions reopening must reach 70% local vaccination

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 3,667 new infections and 32 deaths

Politics12 hours ago

Thamanat elected to role of head ‘fixer’ in Palang Pracharat party

Expats21 hours ago

List: China has over 50% of all foreign-owned condos in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Government plans 10 million vaccines for July

World1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Vaccine deaths investigation, PM heads to Phuket, BMA extends vendor licences | June 18

Thailand1 day ago

1 million AstraZeneca doses arrive, Anutin says “more” on the way

Drugs1 day ago

1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine and heroin seized near Malaysian border

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Pattaya bars plead for government help

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8