113 million drug racketeering assets seized nationwide


Pol Gen Montree Yimyam, Special Advisor to the Royal Thai Police Bureau, reported to Provincial Police Region 8 in Phuket on Sunday to report the seizure of assets believed to have been acquired with drug money. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Police have seized numerous assets worth a total of 113.41 million baht in several provinces on suspicion that they were acquired with drug proceeds by a major gang.

Assets seized included a house and land worth 1.2 million baht in Chiang Rai province; a car, a house and a weapon worth 8.1 million baht in Bangkok; three businesses, a restaurant, a rubber plantation, two shops and two houses worth 62 million baht in Phuket; and three cars, three motorbikes, two plots, two houses, a housing estate and six backhoes worth 42.11 million baht in Narathiwat, according to Pol Gen Montree Yimyam, special adviser to the Royal Thai Police Bureau.

Speaking in Provincial Police Region 8 on Sunday, Gen. Pol Montree said the seizure of the assets resulted from an investigation into a narcotics racket after two drug traffickers were arrested last October.

Rukman Wa-ngo and Jamuharusee Binja-arong were arrested with one kilogram of crystal meth and 1.39 million speed pills on a road in tambon Nong Sai of Phun Phin district, Surat Thani on October 14, 2021.

Police later arrested their accomplices, Atchariya Chalaemwaree and Latthi Pinket, with 200,000 speed pills and 300 kg of crystal meth at a house in Prawet district, Bangkok on November 14, 2021.

Police then examined their money trails and seized assets suspected to have been acquired to launder drug money, Pol Gen Montree said.

The drug ring was extensive, his money was spent on many assets, and police were looking for other accomplices, he said.

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