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Police have arrested two men and a woman, and seized more than 70,000 meth pills, more than 600 grams of crystal meth (ya ice) as well as a gun, bullets and cars, within two days after breakthrough against a drug network run by an ominous “Mr Chaen”.
The arrests were announced by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen and Provincial Chief Investigator Col Akanit Darnpitaksarn at a press conference held at Phuket Provincial Police Station 1pm today (Oct 7).
Anti-narcotic officers led by Col Akanit arrested three suspects on Wednesday and Thursday Oct 5-6, he said.
The suspects were named as Sommard Phumi, 39; Muktad Boonprasop, 30; and Ms Chonlada Muser, 37.
The suspects were not presented at the press conference, though samples of the evidence seized – totalling 71,890 meth pills, 625.64g of ya ice, a gun and 87 bullets – were displayed.
The arrests came after anti-narcotics police arrested Thanu Maidee in Phuket Town with ya ice, Gen Teeraphol said.
After questioning Thanu, police raided Sommard’s home – an unregistered abode in Moo 1 Chalong – on at 6pm on Wednesday (Oct 5), he added. Gen Teeraphol did not identify which street the house was on.
Sommard was found in possession of 890 meth pills, 3.62g of ya ice at the time of his arrest, Gen Teeraphol said.
“Thanu also told officers that he brought drugs from a man named ‘Muktad’,” he added.
Police arrested Muktad at a rented room in Rassada, where police seized 7,000 meth pills, 345.86g of ya ice, one pistol and 87 bullets, he continued.
“Police also seized one Chevrolet car that the suspect used to transport drugs,” he said.
In his statement to police, Muktad confessed that he brought drugs from a man who knew only as “Mr Chaen”.
“He said every time he ordered drugs from Chaen, Chaen would have Ms Chonlada deliver them to clients,” Gen Teeraphol said.
Police told Muktad to call Chen and order 2,000 meth pills for B130,000, Gen Teeraphol added.
“On October 6 at 12:30pm Chonlada was arrested opposite Kathu Wittaya School on Wichit Songkram Rd with drugs she was about to deliver,” he explained.
Police later searched Chonlada’s residence at Plus Condo, where officers discovered 64,000 meth pills, 276.16g of ya ice and other items.
Police also seized a Toyota Altis from her, Gen Teeraphol said.
Police are now questioning the three suspects in the hope of tracking down “Mr Chaen”.
According to the police statement issued at today’s press conference, Sommard was taken to Chalong Police Station to be charged with possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell; Muktad was taken to Phuket City Police Station to be charged with possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition; and Chonlada was taken to Kathu Police Station to be charged with possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell.