In an indication of the size of Phuket’s meth consumption, a drug courier was caught in Rawai yesterday (July 21) in possession of a kilo of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice) with a street value of about B2.3 million.
This was just one consignment; Sang “Daeng” Sompak, 30, admitted he was making pickups four or five days a week, sometimes as much as three times a day, though not all were such large consignments.
Yesterday they waited for him for three hours and when he arrived at last, they pounced, searching his home and finding the kilo of ya ice.
Under questioning Daeng denied the drugs were his, saying that he was only the courier. He explained that he would receive a call to tell him where to pick up the drugs and giving him the number of the person he was to deliver them to.
The drugs would be left for him at a “dead drop” somewhere in the Rawai area, usually packed in a gold bag labelled “Guanyinwang Tea”.
After the pick-up he would contact the person who was to receive the drugs and set up a meeting to hand over the narcotics.
He told the police that he had been a courier for seven or eight months and earned B10,000 baht each time he made a pick-up. The money would be in the parcel when he collected it.
He explained that he had been a speedboat driver but was now unemployed and had family problems, so when a friend suggested this new line of work it seemed like a good way to solve his money woes.
He admitted he had a meth habit himself and had occasionally taken samples from the consignments.
He was charged with possession of a Category One drug with intent to sell. Investigators are now zeroing in on the dealer.Facebook.
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