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Suspect arrested with over 100,000 meth pills after road accident in Krabi

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Krabi Police have arrested 36 year old Supat ‘Bao’ Pueaksom. Police seized 115,150 methamphetamine pills along with a handgun and 10 bullets.

The arrest came after Tuesday (May 5) when Plai Phraya Police in Krabi were notified of that a car collided with a kilometre marker on the side of the Route 44 Southern Seaboard road in Krabi. The car was heading from Surat Thani to Krabi.

Rescue workers and police arrived at the scene to find a damaged car. The driver, Supat, had minor injuries. He was taken to Plai Phraya Hospital.

Police later found that the car was a ‘target car’ that was being used to transfer drugs. Police continued the search and found 150 of methamphetamine pills and a gun inside Supat’s bag .

Supat admitted that he kept more drug at his house in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Police found 115,000 methamphetamine pills at his house.

The Krabi Provincial Police Commander Maj Boontawee Toeraksa says, “This is the biggest drug arrest this year. We received a tip-off from rescue workers who assisted the accident that led us to arrest Supat.”

“Supat admitted that he received drug from his elder brother in Chiang Rai and then delivered them by train to Surat Thani. Drugs were kept in his house before being sold to southern dealers.

“We are continuing to find more dealers to face legal action in regards to this case.”

 

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Thailand’s household debt

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Thailand’s household debt has been on the rise over the past decade, up from an average of 116,681 baht in 2007 to 178,994 baht in 2017, but should be measured with commensurate growth in wages, inflation and the country’s GDP.

The figures show that Thailand’s debt for farming is around 16% of the total debt bill. 36% is spent on buying property and land whilst Thais only go into debt for education – around 1.6% of their total borrowings.

More disturbingly Thais are using borrowings and credit cards for keeping their lifestyles and daily costs alive. 39% of all Thai debt is for daily consumption items.

The three provinces that have the highest rate of debt are #1 Pathum Thani, #2 Krabi, #3 Nontaburi. The average debt for all Thais is 179,000 baht. Bangkok has the highest household debt at 202,000 baht per person, Yala the lowest at only 28,000 baht.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Resorts near Kaeng Krachan dam in Petchaburi temporarily closed

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PHOTOS: The Nation

More than 30 resorts downstream of the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province, are being closed temporarily due to heavy flooding.

Thai PBS reports that floodwater levels at the 30 plus resorts range from 1-3 metres making it impossible to carry on with their business. It’s also been reported that spillover water from the spillway has heavily damaged the only road leading to the resorts downstream of the dam.

Officials at Kaeng Krachan dam said that the dam was discharging 259 cubic metres/second of water out of the dam into the Phetchaburi river after water level in the dam has risen to 750 million cubic metres against its full capacity of 710 million cubic metres.

One of the resort operators, Mr Thongbai Klaipetch, said that his resort and nine others in the same neighbourhood were marooned and the only road to the resorts was badly flooded.

About 60 families of Ban Tham Sua in Tambon Kaeng Krachan have made preparations to evacuate out of their village due to heavy flooding which has rendered their daily livelihood difficult.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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