After two suspects were arrested in Phuket last week for having thousands of methamphetamine pills, five other methamphetamine suspects were arrested on August 10 and 11. The five men were arrested in different areas of Phuket. In total, police ended up seizing 3,373 methamphetamine pills.
A man was arrested in the town of Karon, on the west coast. The 31-year-old Charin ‘Arm’ Innoom had 1,909 methamphetamine pills. He also had two guns with two bullets. Arm is charged with possession of a class 1 drug with intent to sell, as well as unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
Another man was arrested in the Wichit area of the city’s main district. The man, 26-year-old Niram ‘Nat’ Samoo Lanlongsa, had 15 methamphetamine pills and a gun. He faces charges of possession of a class 1 drug, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.
In another area of Phuket’s main district, Rassada, police arrested 23-year-old Jirayut ‘Benz’ Datjarit. Benz had 41 crystal meth pills and 0.08 grams of crystal meth. He faces charges of Possession of a Category 1 Drug with Intent to Sell, as well as Illegal Drug Use.
In the east coast town of Chalong, police arrested 30-year-old Nattapong ‘Mos’ Hansantear. Mos had 800 meth pills. He faces a charge of possession of a category 1 drug with intent to sell.
In Kathu district, police arrested two men. The men are Narongchai ‘O’ Srisooksai, 39, and Sommai ‘Mai’ Noppakao, 39. The two had 608, 30 ecstasy pills and about 2.5 grams of crystal meth. They also had 2 guns with 85 bullets. O and Sommai face charges of unlawful possession of Class 1 drugs with intent to sell, as well as unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
In the two methamphetamine seizures in Phuket last week, police seized a total of 3,563 methamphetamine pills from two men.
Methamphetamine continues to be the most popular, cheapest and most readily available illicit narcotic in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, where the synthetic drug trade is booming.
Last year alone, more than a billion methamphetamine pills were seized in East and Southeast Asia, according to a report published by the United Nations. It is considered the “drug of greatest concern” in the region by the UN.
In April, Thai police arrested more than 120,000 drug suspects in the past six months. They had seized more than 2.4 billion baht in assets and confiscated more than 260 million pills of illegal substances, including methamphetamine.
THE SOURCE: The Phuket Express