Unsolved murders and drug arrests on the rise

PHUKET: According to monthly crime statistics released by Phuket Provincial Police, four murders committed in February remain unsolved, while the number of drug-related arrests was about 30% higher than the same period last year.

There were also four attempted murders reported in February, with two related arrests made, and 15 reports of assault. One arrest was made for rape.

There were 109 arrests for drug-related offenses in February, 40 of which involved ya bah (methamphetamine) with a total of 1,327 pills seized. However, arrests for gambling offenses still topped the list with 170 arrests.

Thirty-six people were arrested for using cannabis, with just over one kilogram of the illegal herb confiscated. There were 18 arrests for possession of krathom (an indigenous plant that acts as a mild stimulant), with 258 leaves of the plant seized, plus two vials containing 330 grams of krathom leaf extract.

Fifteen people were arrested for possession of inhalant, with 12 bags and three cans seized.

There were 137 cases of theft reported, including seven motorcycles and eight cars. Arrests were made in 60 of these cases.

There were 44 arrests for prostitution and 14 arrests for possession of unlicensed firearms.

Three people were arrested in February for possession or distribution of pornography.

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