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Police in Hat Yai found 56 million baht in Thai and Malaysian currency under the bed of the wife of a southern Thai drug kingpin currently jailed in Malaysia.
Now they are investigating whether the money is linked to the ongoing investigation of Laotian drug lord Xaysana held in Bangkok, reported Thairath.
The wife of Mamaruslan Dromae, 47, called Bulan has been arrested and sent to Bangkok where she will be interrogated.
Region 9 drug police found the stash of money in two suitcases under her bed at the Plus Condo in downtown Hat Yai.
There was 41 million baht, 1.5 million Ringgit, and jewelry under the bed and two cars outside suspected of having been bought with drug money. The total was 60 million baht value.
Bulan said that her husband had sent her the money via an employee and she was surprised there was so much. She denied that it was drug money but police dismiss this notion as they have been following her for some time and claim they have evidence of her own involvement in the drug trade.
Mamaruslan has been in jail in Malaysia after being busted in Kota Bahru with 70,000 Ya Ba tablets three years ago. He is thought to have been one of the biggest drug dealers in the southern border provinces of Thailand.
Thai Visa / Thairath