PHUKET CITY: Following his order of a crackdown on crime, Phuket’s top cop has announced that several drug- and gun-related arrests were made recently in different parts of the island.
Phuket Provincial Police Commander Apirak Hongthong said that recent swoops in various locations had included the seizure of 390 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills that had been stashed in a hole in the ground; two homemade 12-gauge shotguns; a .38 pistol; and a small bag of marijuana.
Two men have been charged with possession of a Class 1 narcotic with intent to sell following the seizure of the 390 ya bah pills after Tung Tong Police officers had monitored the pair closely following reports that they were selling the drug to students in the area.
The guns were found by police when they searched three men near the Bang Kon Tee Mosque on Wiset Rd in Rawai. Two of the men arrested were Phuket natives and said they carried the unregistered weapons only for self defense, but confessed to charges of carrying unregistered firearms in public. All three guns were loaded.
On the same night, Chalong Police arrested two men for being in possession of a small bag of dried, compressed marijuana, the weight of which was not given. Both confessed to possession of a Class 5 narcotic for personal consumption, police said.
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