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A Laotian man that Thai police say is the region’s most wanted drug lord was arrested at Suvarabhumi airport yesterday.
Chaichana Kaewphimpha, 41, was apprehended by a force of 100 drugs suppression officers and police as he attempted to leave the departure lounge after returning from a trip to Phuket.
Sommai Kongwisaisuk of the drugs suppression division said it had taken five years for the cops to get their hands on the kingpin who is the most wanted drugs dealer in ASEAN, reports Daily News.
Sommai said that he is the figure behind 50 other arrests of drug mules in cases totally the importation into Thailand of 5 million Ya Ba tablets.
He is in the same league as Thai muslim drug lord Usaman operating in the southern border provinces and Laotam Saenlee who was arrested in the far north along with many family members last year.
Sommai said that no one had managed to get near the suspect before and that he was a master at avoiding detection and capture.
The suspect has no known convictions for drugs.
He is believed to have entered Thailand in a border crossing in the north east before taking a holiday in Phuket.
There is expected to be a press conference about the capture in which more details will be given.