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Chalong dope bust: 3 arrested, 9 kilos seized

Legacy Phuket Gazette



CHALONG: Chalong Police seized nine kilograms of marijuana last Wednesday after a sting operation that resulted in the arrest of three men.

Chalong Police Superintendent Pol Col Samarn Chainarong told a press conference on Thursday that after gathering intelligence from informants, police received information about a group of men who had been selling marijuana in Phuket.

Pol Maj Veerayut Sitthirattakul of Chalong Police Station arranged to meet Mongkol “Tum” Sa-Nguannam, 28, in Chalong last Wednesday to buy one kilo of marijuana for 20,000 baht.

About 5:40 pm, police arrested Tum at the rendezvous in possession of the marijuana. He was taken to Chalong Police Station for questioning.

Tum told police that he got the marijuana from Supot “Pued” Mortip, 32, who lived in a rented house at Soi Sookniran 2 on Chao Fa East Rd, behind the new Wichit Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) office.

Police arrived at the given address about 7 pm that night and arrested Pued and Pichet “Oy” Doungpet, 37, both from Supanburi, after eight packets of marijuana weighing a total of eight kilos were found in the kitchen.

“The marijuana came from Laos and was bought by Pued in Ubon Ratchathani. He transported the drugs by bus to sell in Phuket, mostly to tourists. Pued would buy a kilogram of marijuana for about 10,000 baht and sell it for between 18,000 baht and 20,000 baht, Col Samarn said.

“We will send the case to Phuket Provincial Police to investigate who these men bought the marijuana from in Ubon Ratchathani,” he added.

Tum was charged with selling marijuana and Pued and Oy were charged with possession with intent to sell. All three are being held at Chalong Police Station, Col Samarn said.


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