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A wanted Phuket drug dealer is in custody after police raided his Rassada home yesterday, seizing an M16 rifle, a pistol, ammunition and a substantial amount of Crystal Meth (Ya Ice) and Meth pills (Ya Ba).
Wanted Phuket drug kingpin busted with meth, pistol, M16 and ammunition
The suspect, Surasak “Boo” Rabiapdee, 32 was presented to the press this morning (February 20), following his arrest last night.
Known commonly by the alias Boo Manik (Manik is a locale in Thalang), the suspect has been wanted since June, 2013, when he was involved in a car accident with a Phuket town official, before fleeing the scene, but leaving a lot of booty behind.
In that incident, which occurred at 6am on June 21, 2013, Boo Manik was said to have left behind 4,580 Ya Ba pills and 50 grams of Ya Ice, along with a gun and 22 bullets in car.
Police said that he had a long criminal record involving drug dealings in Phuket, and has long been suspected and wanted for supplying other dealers in Phuket city and other areas nearby.
His arrest followed one of his underlings, Sorasak “Jo” Sukjai, being nabbed by Phuket police with two Ya ba pills on February 18.
Following interrogations, Jo supplied police with details about Boo, and his wherabouts.
Boo was at home with a spouse at the time of the ensuing raid, in which officers found and seized another 1,135 pills of Ya Ba, just under 8 grammes of Ya Ice, an M16 rifle with 155 bullets, and a .32 caliber pistol with 55 bullets, among other items.
Boo has been charged for possession of Schedule 1 drugs with intent to sell, as well as possession of guns without permits.
On top of this, he was also charged for violations in the hit-and-run case of 2013.
At the conference, Boo, whose eyes showed no remorse, told reporters loudly: “I decided to be in the drug business because I don’t want to work for B200 per day. And, I have been in the business for a long time … I have guns for hurting bad people.”
Pol Col Peerayut Karajedi, Deputy Commander of Phuket Police concluded, “He will be investigated for other drug connections.”