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Phuket police arrested a crystal meth (ya ice) dealer in Srisoonthorn yesterday (Apr 28). His arrest then led to the arrest of his supplier.
Provincial Narcotics Police led by Maj Rittichai Chumchuy arrested 31-year-old Somporn Niyompong and 27-year-old Bunpot Prahca at different locations in Moo 5 Srisoonthorn. Seized from the two was 256.25 grams of ya ice, a Thai pradit pistol, a shotgun shell, digital scales and drug taking paraphernalia.
Maj Rittichai said that last month police received a tip-off from undercover officers stating that Somporn had been selling ya ice in the area.
“At 12:45pm, after monitoring him at a house in Moo 5, we made a move and apprehended him at a shelter next to his home, he was found with drug taking paraphernalia. We searched him and discovered .88 grams of ya ice.
“Somporn confessed that he bought the drugs from his friend Bunpot who lived nearby. He said that Bunpot probably had more drugs at his home and gave police the address,” he said.
“At 1:15pm we arrested Bunpot at his home also in Moo 5. We found five bags of ya ice weighing a total of 255.37grams in the bedroom along with non register gun and shotgun shell. Other items found scatter throughout the house included drug taking paraphernalia, an account book, digital scale and a number of plastic bags,” he added.
Bunpot told police that he brought his supply from a dealer name Ekkamon Chantasuwan whom he contacted via phone.
“He bought 300grams of ya ice from Ekkamon on Monday (Apr 26) and paid B230,000 per 100g. He had already sold some the drugs,” said Maj Rittichai.
Bunpot and Somporn were taken to Thalang Police Station where they were charged with possession of a Category 1 with intent to sell. Bunpot was also charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.