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Three police given life sentences for drug trafficking using police vehicle

2nd Lieutenant Jittipong Sochai, 44; Pol Snr Sgt-Major Attapon Khamsaen, 44; and Pol Lt-Colonel Thammanoon Nakbua, 42 were al found guilty by the court yesterday of being in possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell as well as carrying guns in a public place. All three were stationed at police station in the northern province of Nan at the time was committed.

yabaThe duo were intercepted in Ayutthaya on December 13th driving a police vehicle. They had a million methamphetamine tablets in their possession. The three were origionally given the death penalty but due to some of their statements proving useful the court commuted the sentences to live in prison.

Two other officers Pol Snr Sgt-Major Sakkapong Chiangoon, 42 and Pol Snr Sgt-Major Nontawat Pansa, 39 were also found guilty of carrying weapons in a public place and given four month jail sentences, they were not charged in relation to the drug offences as the court found the evidence linking them to that crime was not strong enough. Two civilians, Benjaporn Tiangkinnaree, 25 and Wicharn Laomee, 23, were convicted in the case for drug trafficking and sentence to death, evidence against them included the two waiting to pick up a large consignment of methamphetamine pills from the convicted policemen.

None of the defendants have been granted bail and will remain in custody pending any possible appeals

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