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Woman arrested after stashing ya bah pills near Phuket school

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PHUKET: Police yesterday arrested a woman who stashed close to 2,000 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills on top of a phone booth in front of a primary school in Phuket Town.

At a press conference at Phuket City Police Station today, officers asked the press not to release the identity of the woman as doing so could compromise the ongoing investigation into who supplied her with the narcotics.

The 36-year-old Phuket native, who appeared wearing a balaclava, was arrested at 9am on Thursday on charges of possession of 2,430 ya bah pills with intent to sell.

Phuket City Deputy Superintendent Chaiwat Auykham said drug suppression investigators received a tip-off that a woman would place the narcotics atop a phone booth in front of the Piboonsawaddee Municipal School, a primary school on Damrong Road.

After she made the drop-off, police followed the suspect to nearby Amphur Road, where she lives and works.

Police found 600 pills inside the home and placed the suspect under arrest.

The officers then returned to the phone booth, where they found a box containing a new car air filter.

Inside the filter were 1,830 ya bah pills in nine packages, Lt Col Chaiwat said.

“She said she was ordered to pick up the box of ya bah from Phuket Bus Terminal 1 [on Phang Nga Road], where it arrived aboard a bus from Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat,” said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong.

“She said she was hired for 12,000 baht for this job [receiving and delivering the ya bah] and that it was her second time doing it,” Maj Gen Pekad said.

Her confession would be “very useful” in helping investigators bring down the drug network that hired her, he said.

Police methods to catch drug dealers need to change from time to time, Maj Gen Pekad said.

The traditional method of setting up sting operations directed up the supply chain was not as productive as in the past because dealers were so well aware of it and took extra precautions, he said.

“We have to change by investigating and asking drug addicts who they bought the drugs from,” he said.

“If three or four addicts all confirm having been supplied by ‘Mr B’, for example, we will investigate Mr B. If there were enough witnesses and evidence, we would then seek an arrest warrant from the court,” he said.

This method can result in convictions without having to catch dealers in the act or in possession, he said.

However, this approach means police officers may have to work harder in order to find enough witnesses and other evidence to gain a conviction, he said.

Drug arrests were once again the most common criminal charges in Phuket last month, according to figures released by the Phuket Provincial Police.

A total of 288 people were arrested in 266 cases, a 94.2% increase from February 2011.

Evidence seized in those cases amounted to 7,638 ya bah pills and 243 grams of ya Ice (crystal methamphetamine), according to the figures.

— Janpen Upatising



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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