Phuket Police make five meth arrests in four days

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: The Phuket Drug Suppression Unit of the Provincial Police has revealed details about five recent drug arrests that scored the state more than 4,000 meth pills and nearly 10 grammes of crystal meth, a haul valued at about B2.5 million.

Phuket, Phang Nga Police make five meth arrests in four days, haul valued at B2.5mn

The sting operations leading to the arrests and drug seizures were carried out between August 26 and August 29, under the command of Pol Lt Col Prawit Engchuan, by the order of Maj Gen Phachara Boonyasit and Pol Col Pinit Sirichai, provincial police commander and vice-commander, respectively.

The first suspect, Mr Jiraro “Bung Deh” Kohkawee, 41, was arrested at 9.30pm on August 26 inside Soi Cherng Talay 12 in Thalang after he was caught in possession of 50 Ya Ba (meth) pills.

The second suspect, Ms Piyanuch “Jang” Saladtuk, 32, was caught with just over a gramme of Ya Ice (crystal meth) at 5pm on August 27 in the area of Soi Baan Kaek in Si Sunthon sub district’s Moo 8.

A third meth related arrest was made at Si Sunthon’s Moo 2 at 6.45pm on August 27 when police detained Mr Somyot “Jeed” Sukkit, 37, also in possession of just over a gramme of Ya Ice, along with six B500 notes, which prompted police to charge him with “intent to sell the schedule 1 drug”.

The fourth and largest arrest was made in conjunction with Phang Nga police on the afternoon of August 28, when undercover officers arranged to purchase a large sum of meth from a woman dealer, Ms Pornthip “Joom” Srimuang, 45, in Phang Nga Town, where they arrested her in possession of 1,000 Ya Ba pills.

A subsequent search of a house in the Ban Lumwa village of the Takua Tung district, north of Phuket, uncovered 3,000 more Ya Ba pills, which were seized, along with a mobile phone, black PCX-150 Honda motorbike, 14 B,1000 bills, in addition to 10 B100 bills.

Joom was charged with possession and intent to sell a schedule 1 drug.

Later that night, police honed in on their fifth meth suspect in four days, a military ranger volunteer (OrSor TorPor) named as 25-year-old Tikkhamporn Prayuraphan, who was caught with 7.74 grammes of crystal meth at 1.30am in the early hours of August 29 in front of the Phuket Bus Station in Rassada.

Lt Col Prawit confirmed that the initial smaller busts in Phuket ultimately led to the bigger sting operation in Phang Nga. Altogether, the haul is worth more than B2.5 million, he said.

Lady-boy, tom-boy duo nabbed for armed air-gun robberies of Phuket convenience stores

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police arrested two suspects armed with air pistols early this morning in connection with the armed robbery of a few convenience stores in Phuket Town this past week.

Looking suspicious wearing full-face black helmets and long-sleeved jackets, riding a white Honda Click motorbike, the suspects were pulled over by police at 1.30am near Soi Rong Fai Fa (power station) in Rassada.

The suspects – a 19-year-old lady-boy named as Gun Phonrop of Rawai, and a 17-year-old female with a tom-boy style hair cut, named as Sa from Vichit (real name withheld as she is a minor) – were subjected to a body search, which unveiled two realistic-looking air pistols.

Police detained the suspects, seizing the guns, motorbike, full faced helmets and jackets as evidence.

At Phuket City Police Station the suspects confessed to robbing 7-11 and Family Mart convenience stores in Chalang and Vichit this past week and told police that they had been on their way to rob the Family Mart Kuan Din Dang branch, north of SuperCheap, when police had stopped them.

Both have been charged with armed robbery, and using a vehicle to commit a crime.

Sounds like the beginning of a joke “so a lady boy and a tom boy walk into a 7 11″…

Nabbed? At least it didn’t say they were “snatched”.

It’s official: Phuket worst in Thailand for road accidents

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A leading figure at the Phuket office of the Road Safety Network, which operates under the Thai Health Foundation, this week revealed that Phuket was now officially the worst province in the country for deaths and injuries resulting from road accidents.

“Today traffic accidents are responsible for the most deaths and injuries in Thailand, and Phuket has the highest record of traffic accident reports in Thailand,” said Dr Wiwat Seetamanotch, Vice President of the Phuket office of the “Road Safety Thai”. (See website here).

“According to statistics, the number of people in Phuket injured in traffic accidents is 4,952.55 per 100,000 and the death toll in Phuket is 72.04 per 100,000,” he said.

“About 30.63 per cent of these deaths and injuries are from alcohol-related accidents.”

Dr Wiwat delivered the news an event at Provincial Hall on Thursday (August 27) attended by Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong.

The event was held to mark the non-profit Safer Roads Foundation from the UK handing over of 39 breathalysers to the Phuket Police to use for its “Guarantee Arrest if Drink and Drive” campaign.

The breath-test units, costing a total of B1,143,000, were handed over by Safer Roads President Michael C Woodford.

“The new breathalysers we are receiving today are definitely a life saver,” Gov Nisit said. “Our police officers now have enough to use to prevent drunk people from driving and help police reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents on Phuket roads.

“Provincial police will push this campaign by stopping and checking all drivers to enforce the law on those who drink and drive in order to promote safer roads,” he added.

Dr Wiwat agreed: “One problem we have here in Phuket is that we do not have enough alcohol breathalysers and Mr Woodford and his foundation has generously come to the rescue and donated some.”

He added that the donation came as part of the Safer Roads Foundation campaign in 31 countries around the world to promote road safety.

“We know that Phuket is a tourist destination and officials need alcohol breathalysers in order to check drivers so they can reduce the number of traffic accidents,’ explained Mr Woodford.

“Our foundation hopes that everyone will respect the road law and be responsible drivers.”

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Lt Col Theerapol Tipcharoen, however, downplayed the ‘zero tolerance’ push to eliminate drunk driving from Phuket’s roads.

“This campaign is not new, but maybe it has not been enforced as much as we should,” he told The Phuket News today (August 29).

“But from October, when we launch this campaign, we will ramp up our efforts to stop and check drivers – and if they are found over the limit, they will be arrested and charged.”

The legal limit for drunk driving in Thailand is 0.05 BAC, Col Theerpol confirmed.

Teenager slain in Phuket tourism pier shooting

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are hunting three suspects for the shooting at a popular Phuket pier that left one teen dead and another in hospital with gunshot wounds last night (August 28).

Police were called to Chalong Pier after receiving reports of the shooting at 11:13pm.

By the time they arrived, however, Khaimook Rescue workers had already departed, transporting the body of Isayat Malee, 28, from Narathiwat, and his wounded friend,Amdee Jaolaeh, 19, from Pattani to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town.

One witness told police that a group of youngsters were hanging out at the pier together, when one of them took off his shirt and danced around.

“This reportedly sparked a heated argument, and they started throwing bottles at each other,” said Special Investigator Lt Col Jaroon Plaiduong of the Chalong Police.

Amdee and Isayat were injured by the hurtled bottles. They mounted their motorbike and tried to flee, but three suspects – believed to be all male – on two motorbikes quickly pulled up alongside, Col Jaroon explained.

“One suspect pulled out a gun and fired once at Isayat , hitting him in the lower neck, and twice at Amdee, who was hit in the left leg and left shoulder. Isayat attempted to ride away but collapsed on the ground,” he said.

At the scene, police found three bullet casings as well as a jacket, two helmets and a bag containing Mr Amdee’s government identification card.

“We were told that the suspects sped away toward Chalong Circle,” Col Jaroon said.

“We are checking CCTV footage and questioning more people that might have witnessed the incident or be able to recognize the suspects ” he added.

Two Turks wanted in Phuket arrested on Samui

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two Turkish men were arrested on Koh Samui yesterday (August 27) on an arrest warrant issued in Phuket for theft from a hotel.

Murad Mohammed Yahya and Wesam Kamal Murad were wanted for a theft committed at the dusit D2 Hotel in Patong on March 29.

The two, named as Murad Mohammed Yahya and Wesam Kamal Murad were arrested in Koh Samui following the issuing of an arrest warrant on April 2, Lt Col Suthichai Tienpo of Kathu police announced at a press conference held at 9pm last night.

Both were wanted for a theft committed at the dusit D2 Hotel in Patong on March 29.

“Murad and Wesam stole valuable items from guests at the hotel.

“The two were arrested at 2 pm today in the Maled sub district of Koh Samui while they were walking down the street in front of Koh Samui Prison,” said Lt Col Suthichai.

Myanmar woman critical in Phuket hospital following acid attack

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A young Myanmar woman has been left blinded and her face and body severly disfigured following an acid attack by her best friend. The woman is still in critical condition at Vachira Hospital.

At 10 am yesterday (August 27) Kathu police arrested Myanmar national Ta Zin Moe, 24, on an arrest warrant issued for assault causing deathly injury after she threw formic acid at her friend, Ka Ta, 22, in front of unnamed restaurant in Soi Nanai in Patong in the early hours of Wednesday (August 26).

Ms Ka suffered severe burns to her face and torso. She has lost sight in both her eyes and both her ears have been maimed.

She was taken to Patong Hospital immediately after the attack by local resident. However, she was transferred to Vachira Hospital after she went into a coma.

Police learned from local residents that the suspect fled the scene of the attak on a Honda Scoopy.

“CCTV showed Ta Zin Moe waiting for Ka Ta at a restaurant that morning and then attacking her before fleeing on the mortorbike.

“We gathered information and got an arrest warrant from Phuket Provincial Court,” revealed Lt Col Suthichai Tienpo from Kathu police.

Police managed to track down Ta Zin Moe by her phone number which was stored on Ka Ta’s phone and found her hiding at a rented home on Srisuthat Rd in Rassada.

“We arrived to find Ta Zin Moe packing her clothes ready to flee the country,” said Lt Col Suthichai.

Ta Zin Moe was taken to Kathu police station where she told police she attacked her best friend with formic acid because she believed she had something to do with her being fired from her job.

Ta is currently being held on charges of assualt causing deathly injury.

Someone should get the death penalty for doing this to a person.

50-year-old Phuket woman arrested for kratom possession

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 50-year-old woman was arrested at her rented room in Moo 7 in Kathu yesterday (August 26) when she was found to be in possession of 4.5 kilos of kratom leaves.

50-year-old Ternjit Srinak told police she had recently purchased 5 kilos of kratom leaves for B1,500 a kilo.

At 8pm yesterday, Provincial police, led by Pol Maj Rithichai Chumchuoy, arrested Ternjit Srinak with 4.5 kilos of kratom leaves and also seized one set of digital scales.

The arrest of Ternjit came after police learned from undercover officers that Ternjit had been using the rented room to sell kratom leaves to local teenagers who then took the leaves to the Talad Thung Thong community in Kathu to make into kratom juice.

Maj Rithichai said that at 7:30pm police received a tip off from undercover officers that Ternjit had just received a big load of kratom leaves which she was going to to sell to the teenagers. Police arrived at the rented room and found Ternjit waiting at the door.

“We searched the room and discovered 57 bags of fresh kratom leaves on the floor,” Maj Rithichai said.

Ternjit told police, “I have bought the kratom from a 20-year-old man three times and he delivered them to my room. I bought 5 kilos from him recently and paid B1,500 per kilo.”

Ternjit was taken to Thung Thong Police Station where she was charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 drug.

Phuket man arrested with two homemade rifles

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 44-year-old man was arrested at his home in Patong yesterday (August 25) with two homemade rifles and three wooden stocks.

Sommart was charged with illegal possession of firearms.

Kathu police were carrying out an anti-drug and -crime campaign from August 24 – 28, and at 6pm yesterday officers closed off an area in the soi Khokmoo community on Mein-ngern Rd where illegal activity is known to take place and arrested Sommart Wandee with two home made rifles.

Kathu policeʼs Lt Suthichai Tienpo said that the arrest of Sommart came after police received complaints from local residents that they heard the sound of gun fire coming from the suspectʼs home several times this month.

“We searched the suspectʼs home and found two home made rifles, three wooden stocks and other tools for making guns,” Lt Suthichai said.

Sommart was taken to Kathu police station where he was charged with illegal possession of firearms.

Nice group shot of Phuket’s finest.  Suitable for framing…

Two men busted for drugs after police raid their Phuket home

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two men were arrested last night (August 21) after police raided their rented room and found them in possession of an unregistered gun, bullets and cooked kratom leaves.

Supawit and Worawut were arrested last night (August 21) after police raided their rented room in Chalong.

The Provincial Police narcotics suppression unit, led by Lt Ritthichai Chumchoy, arrested two men from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Supawit Sirirak, 23, and Worrawut Saeloy, 28, with 45 grams of cooked kratom leaves, an unregistered 12 gauge gun and two shotgun shells at their rented room in soi Yodsanae 2 in Chalong at 10pm.

Lt. Ritthichai said the arrest of the two came after undercover police reported that the suspects were using their rented room as a place for local teens to hang out and take drugs.

Undercover officers had been monitoring their activity for a while and at 9:30pm, police raided the room after receiving a report of suspicious activity taking place.

“The room was open and we found Supawit and Worawut inside. When we searched the room, we discovered an unregistered gun and bullets in the room and cooked kratom in a plastic bottle in the bathroom.”

“Both men said that all items belonged to their roommate Damrongsak Petchwong who was at work when police searched their room,” said Lt Ritthichai.

The two men were taken to Provincial police station and were charged with illegal possession of Category 5 drug and illegal possession of firearm. Supawit and Worawut will then be sent to Chalong police station to face their charges.

I’d almost be sure that sign they’re holding says “I’m a stupid fucking asshole” in Thai…

Phuket ‘smuggler’s island’ raid nets armed attempted murder, drug suspect

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: An armed militia of more than 50 personnel arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in a raid on a secluded island off Phuket’s east coast today (August 18).

Danai Homhown, 36, was taken into custody just after 11am. Photo: Veera Kerdsirimongkol

 

The raid team, lead by Thalang District Office senior official Siripong Leeprasit and including Royal Thai Navy personnel, Thalang police officers and civil defense volunteers, took Danai Homhown, 36, into custody just after 11am.

They also seized one shotgun and shells in the raid, executed on Koh Ngam, in Tambon Thepkrasattri, Thalang.

“Danai was wanted by Thalang police for attempted murder and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition under a warrant issued on October 9, 2014,” said Mr Siripong.

When the raid party arrived, group of men were seen fleeing into the jungle on the island.

Officers managed to apprehend one of the men: Kraisorn Kahnam, 32.

“We are also searching for other suspects related to the case. We believe that at least one more suspect is at large,” said Mr Siripong.

Officials were alerted to Danai’s whereabouts after local residents filed formal complaints of a gunman firing warning shots and threatening to shoot any fishermen or any other persons attempting to land on the island, Mr Siripong said.

Officials today conducted searches of the house on Koh Ngam where Danai was staying and the surrounding area, including underwater fish pens, for drugs, as Danai was a known drugs offender, said Thalang District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol.

“Danai has been arrested many times for drugs. He was arrested on December 26, 2011 for possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell after he was found with 1,000 of pills of ya bah (methamphetamine),” he said.

Danai had failed to present himself in court and was also wanted on a warrant for his arrest on that drug charge, explained Mr Siripong.

“We believe that Danai was living on Koh Ngam so he could smuggle and sell drugs again,” said Mr Veera.

Adding to his woes, Danai stands accused of encroaching on national forest land on Koh Ngam, which covers more than 200 rai.

“He built a house and had been living here for a long time, and now the area is under investigation by the Forest Department,” Mr Veera said.

Phuket police find live M67 grenade on back seat of car

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two men and a woman have been charged with possession of a weapon of war after police found a live M67 grenade in their car during a routine stop and search at a police checkpoint early this morning (August 14).

Songchai Nienhom, 38, Nampon Hohhow, 34, and Ms Wijitra Chaweein, 34, have been all charged with illegal possession of an explosive war device.

 

Thalang police had set up a checkpoint at the Khaw Lan-Baan Bangjo junction in Srisoonthon to check vehicles, and at 1:30am a Hona Jazz was stopped and the three people inside were asked to step outside while the vehicle was searched.

During the search officers discovered a live M67 hand grenade hidden on the back seat under a pile of magazines.

The driver of the Honda Jazz, Songchai Nienhom, 38, from Krabi and his two passengers, Nampon Hohhow, 34, from Maha Sarakham and Ms Wijitra Chaweein, 34, from Nakorn Sawan were taken to Thalang Police Station for questioning.

Police Lt Col Prasan Toworn said that the trio told officers that they were heading back home after they had been to discuss a financial situation with the J Karaoke Bar in Srisoonthon and they had taken the grenade with them for protection in case the situation got out-of-hand.

All three have been charged with illegal possession of an explosive war device.

I’ve often said, if you’re going to have a grenade, hide it under your car seat…

Two Pattalung natives arrested in Phuket with ya ice

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police arrested two men from Pattalung on Sunday (August 9) and Monday (August 10) after they were found to be in possession of a total of 157.12 grams of crystal meth (ya ice) and 200 methamphetamine pills (ya bah).

Somchit Nooparat (left) & Duong Janchoo were arrested with a total of 157.12 grams of crystal meth (ya ice) and 200 methamphetamine pills (ya bah).

 

The drugs came from a dealer in Nakhorn Sri Thammarat.

On Sunday, a crime suppression unit from Phuket Provincial Police arrested 39-year-old Somchit Nooparat at a rented room in the Baan Naka apartments on Wirat Hongyok Rd in Wichit when he was found to be in possession of 56.83g of ya ice.

During the arrest, police also seized digital scales and drug taking paraphernalia.

Then on Monday, Somchit’s delivery man, Duong Janchoo, 41, was arrested near the Tha Chatchai temple on Thepkassattri Rd in Mai Khao when he attempted to deliver drugs to Somchit.

Duong was found in possession of 100.12g of ya ice which was taped to his leg, and 200 ya bah pills which were tucked in the waist of his trousers.

Police also seized from him a mobile phone.

Pol Maj Rithichai Chumchuoy revealed that the arrest of Somchit and Duong came after police received a tip-off from undercover officer that Somchit had been selling drugs from his rented room at Baan Naka.

At noon on Sunday, undercover officers reported that Somchit was leaving his apartment to deliver drugs.

Police approached him in the car park of his apartment block and questioned him. He told police that he had some ya ice in his possession but that it was for personal use.

Police searched Somchit and found two small bags containing a total of 1.65g of ya ice in his pocket. They then searched his room and discovered 14 bags containing a total of 55.45g of ya ice.

When questioned, Somchit told police that he bought the ya ice from a dealer named Krajang Noodam who live near the Nonghong junction in Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

“I paid B180,000 for 100grams and Krajang delivered the drugs to my room on August 2. I have already sold some of it,” Somchit said.

Police told Somchit to contact Krajang to order more drugs, and on Monday Krajang called Somchit to let him know that a delivery man was heading to Phuket to delivery the drugs.

At 2pm, Duong contacted Somchit and told him to pick up the delivery near Sarasin Bridge before the Tha Chatchai check point.

Police went with Somchit to the meeting point and arrested Duong.

Duong told police that he picked up the drugs from Krajang at a cafe at the Nongyok junction in Chauat, Nakorn Srithamarat.

“I would have been paid B20,000 from Krajang once the drugs had been delivered to Somchit,” Duong told police.

Somchit was taken to Wichit Police Station and Duong to the Phuket Provincial Police Station and were both charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Man, 24, gunned down amid crowded festivity at Chalong Chinese temple

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 24 year old Thai man named only as ‘Joy’ is in critical condition after being shot in his upper torso at a crowded Chinese temple last night in Phuket’s southern municipality of Chalong.

Man, 24, gunned down amid crowded festivity at Chalong Chinese temple

 

Police believe the shooting — which happened at about 8pm at the Saan Jao Guan Oo Chinese shrine-temple in Chalong’s Moo 1 amid a crowd of some 500 people celebrating a holy day — is gang related. The shooter (s) are at large. More details to follow. Several months ago a Thai hotel employee was gunned down in front of dozens of witnesses on a crowded street in Chalong after he fled a fight at a popular entertainment establishment. Last week, a 27-year-old Thai man in Thalang died after his head was bashed with a brick by a group of teens who the victim offended in a pub.

Phuket resident busted with revolver and 5.5 kilos of kratom after failed postal smuggling attempt

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Thalang Police yesterday arrested and charged a Thai man who they caught with an unregistered pistol and 5.5 kilogrammes of fresh kratom leaves that he had attempted to smuggle onto Phuket via post.

 

Acting on orders from Thalang district chief Wira Kerdsirmongkol, Thalang volunteers defence clerks Mr Siripong Leeprasit and Mr Danai Jai Kaeng took official credit for the suspect’s arrest, and seizure of the firearm.

According to a report addressed to Phuket Governor Nisit Junsomwong, officers had received a tip-off that the suspect – named as Mr Siripop Jaitrong, a 35 year old resident of Trang but living in Phuket’s Pakkhlok – was suspected of dealing drugs, which he was though to be smuggling onto the island via the Pakklok Post Office in Moo 8.

Police yesterday morning staked out the suspect as he arrived to post office in a blue Isuzu pickup truck, and after seeing him exit the facility with four white packages, intercepted him, presenting themselves.

According to the report, the suspect immediately admitted that the contents of the four packages were the illegal kratom plant, a delivery which police said weighed 5,500 grams.

Cuffed, the suspect then led police to his residence in Pakklok’s Moo 2 community, where a subsequent police search yielded a black Smith and Wesson a loaded, 5-round .38 calibre revolver with a matching holster, but not with the required permit.

Mr Siripong was charged with possession of a firearm without a permit and for possession of a schedule 5 drug.

These morons have to stop shipping their drugs, lol

B5mn of drugs seized from Phuket dealerʼs home

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are currently hunting for another big-time Phuket drug dealer who fled when police raided a home he stayed at yesterday night (August 5). At the home, police found B3 million worth of methamphetamine pills (ya bah), 2.15 kilos of crystal meth (ya ice), guns and ammunition.

The items seized from police during the raid in which the suspect fled.

 

At 11:30pm a team from the Phuket City Narcotic Suppression Unit raided a house Moo Baan Srisuchart Grand View 5 in soi Lakkongsi in Rassada which they say is where the big-time drug dealer stayed.

Police learned that the dealer stayed there after arresting a number of local small time dealers and drug addicts.

During the raid, police seized 2.15 kilos of ya ice, 1,469 pills of ya bah, four pistols and 400 bullets along with two safes, three mobile phones, digital scales, a wallet containing ATM cards and an ID card, a bank account book, drug taking paraphernalia, a Toyota pick-up truck and a motorbike.

Chief of the Phuket Narcotic Suppression Unit, Lt Col Prawit Eagchuwn said after the raid, “The suspect, Anuwat Thongton, 31, a resident from Koh Kaew, must have fled the scene just before the raid because the air conditioning was still turned on and there were plastic bags containing hot food in the kitchen.”

“When officers searched the home they discovered three big bags of ya ice weighing about 2.15 kilos, eight bags containing 1,469 ya bah pills, four guns, 400 bullets, one gun silencer sound, two safes, a pick-up truck and a motorbike.

“All the drugs are worth an estimated B5 million,” he said.

“While officers were conducting the search, one man showed up and said that he was a taxi driver and had come to see Anuwat to find out the name of a mechanic who could to fix his taxi.

We were suspicious about why he really went to the house so he was taken to the station for questioning,” Lt Col Prawit added.

Police would not reveal the taxi driver’s name.

Police are now looking for the home owner and Anuwat and will get an arrest warrant for him from Phuket Provincial Court.

Phuket man arrested ouside Patong hotel with gun and bullets

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A man from Koh Kaew was arrested with bullets and another personʼs gun outside a hotel in Patong yesterday afternoon (August 5).

35-year-old Koh Kaew resident Eakachart Pitakkarn was caught with the gun and bullets in from of the Silver Resortel in Patong.

 

At 3:45pm, Kathu police arrested Eakachart Pitakkarn, 35, from Koh Kaew in front of the Silver Resortel on Sawatdirak Rd for illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

Police seized from him a .22 Smith & Davison pistol (registered in a different name) and six rounds of .22 Magnum bullets.

The arrest of Eakachart came after police received a call from the hotel about a suspicious man who was walking around the area with a gun.

Police arrived and found Eakachart in front of the hotel with the gun in a holster on his belt. Following a police check on the weapon it was found it was legally registered but not to Eakachart.

Eakachart was taken to Kathu Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of another person, illegal possession of ammunition and carrying a firearm in a public place without a permit.

Six arrested in Phuket drug sting

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Six people were arrested in the Patong area within the space of 24 hours when they were found to be in possession of various amounts of crystal meth (ya ice) during a sting operation carried out by crime suppression police from Kathu.

The three women and three men were arrested in a drug sting by Kathu police.

 

At 6am this morning (August 5), Kathu police announced the arrested of three women and three men who had in their possession a total of 4.65 grams of ya ice.

On Tuesday (August 4), Nanthicha Sanklar, 36, was arrested with .50 grams of ya ice after she tried to sell it to undercover police.

Her arrest led police to two more women dealers named as Suwincha Srinil, 31, who had 2.75 grams and Supinya Sangtong, 31, who had .40 grams.

The arrest of the three women then led police to three men who also had drugs in their possession. At 5am today (August 5) police arrested Anuchit Noynil, 33, with .40 grams of ya ice, Nonpawith Sansa-ard, 38, with .30 grams and Pathipan Worawalai, 23, with .30 grams.

Suwincha and Anuchit were charged with illegal possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell and Nanthicha was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 with intent and attempted to sell. While Supinya, Pathipan and Nanpawit were charged with illegal possession of a Category 1 drug.

Phuket school tablet thief arrested

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Myanmar migrant worker was arrested yesterday (August 4) when he was found to be in possession of 70 items, all believed to have stolen, including seven tablets which were stolen from Satree Phuket School last month. Police estimate his total haul was in the region of B800,000.

Lek admitted to stealing the tablets from Satree Phuket School of July 20.

 

At 3pm today (August 5), Phuket City police held a held a press conference to announce the arrest of a Myanmar national named only as Lek, 29, who was wanted for stealing ten i-Media tablets and Kworld audio equipment out of a class room in Satree Phuket School in the early hours of July 20. (See story here)

Lek was arrested at an unaddressed workcamp near the Khao Lan junction on Thepkassattri Rd with seven i-media computer tablets (model EC101S2) and a Kworld audio converter.

Police also seized 70 items including documents, tools and stolen Kawasaki KSR motorbike with no registration plate.

The arrest of Lek came after Thungtong police and Phuket City police arrested 33-year-old Wanchai, also a Myanmar national, on Monday (August 3) when he was found to be in possession of an i-Media tablet similar to one stolen from Satree Phuket School.

After being questioned by police, Wanchai told police that he had bought the tablet from a Myanmar man named Lek for B2,300. He gave police Lek’s address.

Yesterday, police raided Lek’s room at the workerʼs camp and seized 70 items including a Kawasaki motorbike which had been reported stolen to Chalong police.

Lek told police that he used to work as a construction worker at Satree Phuket School so he knew the area well.

At 2:30am on July 20, he went to the school on a motorbike. He parked the bike behind the school before breaking into the premises and stealing the tablets and audio equipment.

“I sold two tablets to two Myanmar men for B2,000 each and sold one to Wanchai for B2,300. I was waiting to sell the rest to those who wanted to buy, he said.

Lek told police that he did not remember the name of first two men that bought the tablets and admitted that he has been arrested on several occasion for theft.

Satree Phuket School Director, Kosol Saikhaw commented to the press that he was relieved and glad that police had caught the suspect that stole students tablets.

“Teachers are on patrol duty and security are on patrol every hour and on the lookout for any suspicious activity to prevent such incidents happening in the future.” said Principal Kosol.

Lek was charged with theft after dark using a get away vehicle and living in Thailand without permission.

Phuket taxi driver arrested, drug buddy teddy bear seized

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Officials staging a drug raid in the central Phuket area of Tambon Thepkrasattri yesterday (August 4) arrested a taxi driver and his drug buddy teddy bear, stuffed with 171 meth pills.

Taxi driver Sakchai Niyomdacha was arrested and his drug buddy teddy was seized as evidence. photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

Officials from Thalang Municipality, including District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol, arrested 22-year-old Sakchai Niyomdacha at his home in Moo Baan Phrusompharn at 3pm.

Chief Veera explained that officials staged the raid after receiving a tip-off from undercover police who said drug-selling activities were conducted inside the suspect’s home.

“We learned that Sakchai works as a taxi driver and sells drugs on the side to co-workers and local teenagers,” Chief Veera said.

“When we raided his home, we discovered packages containing meth pills hidden inside the teddy bear’s legs and several bundles of kratom leaves inside the stereo sound system.”

The kratom stash seized weighed in at half a kilo, and officers also seized B3,240 in cash at the scene.

Sakchai was taken to Thalang Police Station and charged with illegal possession of Category 1 drug with intent to sell and illegal possession of Category 5 drug.

Teddy looks sad too…

Thai brick bash victim dies from head wound infections

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: The 27-year-old Thai man who went into a coma after being violently attacked by a group of unruly teens this morning in Thalang finally died this afternoon at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Doctors prounounced 27-year-old Surasak Yangthad dead at 1.30pm today, noting that he was unable to fight off multiple infections that had spread at deep wounds on his face and head.

Mr Surasak, originally from Kanchanaburi, was attacked by a group of unruly teens early this morning following an altercation at a Thalang pub (story here).

Police are still following up on eyewitness reports and CCTV footage, and have yet to name any suspects or announce any arrests. The investigation is ongoing.

Phuket man in coma after face bashed with brick by unruly teens in pub altercation

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 27-year-old man is in a coma at Vachira Hospital after his head was repeatedly bashed in with a brick by a group of teens following an altercation at a pub in Thalang early this morning.

Rescue workers aid the unconscious victim, who is now in a coma at Vachira Hospital.

 

At 3.20am early this morning (August 2) Police Lt Col Sanit Nukongpong of Thalang Police Station was alerted that there was a victim of violence lying unconscious in the middle of the Soi 1 lane in the Phuket Thanee housing estate of Sisunthon’s Moo 5.

Police and rescue workers arrived to the scene where there was a crowd of residents standing around the motionless victim who was losing blood rapidly from wounds on his face.

Rescue workers applied emergency aid and CPR before transporting the victim to hospital.

Near the body police found a broken brick tainted with blood stains, and collected it as evidence.

An eyewitness, Ms Kanathawan Phumket, 19, identified the victim as 27-year-old Mr Surasak Yangthad of Kanchanaburi, who made a living selling beverages in front of Thalang Hospital.

Ms Kanthawan told police that prior to the attack, she and the victim were among a group of four friends who had gone to the “Pub 65” establishment in Thalang to party.

She reported that at one point “a drunk teen” from another table had come to grab the victim’s throat, choking him while yelling, “Why did you grab my girl’s hand?”.

After that, Mr Surasak fled the pub on foot and ran into the housing estate nearby with a group of 6-7 “gang members” in pursuit – a chase which ended with the brutal attack, she said.

The eyewitness told police that at one point last night, Mr Surasak was in an intoxicated state when he approached another table of “intoxicated teens” to “greet them”, an interaction which ultimately led to an altercation.

Police are studying CCTV footage in hopes of identifying the culprits, who are still at large.

– See more at: http://www.thephuketnews.com/thai-man-in-coma-after-face-bashed-with-brick-by-unruly-teens-in-pub-altercation-53463.php#sthash.4QaO156U.dpuf

B70,000 worth of items stolen from Phuket mobile phone shop

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are currently on the lookout for a thief or thieves who broke into a local mobile phone shop last night (July 31) and stole more than B70,000 of items including cash.

At 9:20am today (August 1) Phuket City police were called to investigate a break-in at the Sapam Cell Phone and Service Shop on Thepkassattri Rd in Koh Kaew.

The store manager, Adul Sansib, told police that the thief or thieves broke into the store and stole cash, phones and other phone accessories.

Police arrived at the shop to find the door lock damaged. Inside, they found documents and other items spread across the floor and shelves ransacked.

Police were told that the thief or thieves took more than 30 new phones, along with old phones that customers had brought in for repair. They also got way with cash and various other items.

It is estimated that the total value of all goods taken is in the region of B70,000.

Mr Adul said, “I locked the door when i closed at 10:30pm yesterday. I came to the shop at 9am this morning with another staff member to find the shop had been broken into and everything inside trashed so i called the police.

“Maybe the thief or thieves knew no one stayed here at night so they late and carried out the theft.”

Police managed to take some fingerprints from the scene and are looking at CCTV footage from the area in an attempt to find the perpertrators.

Phuket police arrest serial snatch and grab thief

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Phuket City police have arrested a 32-year-old serial snatch and grab thief who preyed on Myanmar women because he believed they would be too scared to report the thefts to police.

Ronnachai Tongkum targeted Myanmar women because he believed they would be too afraid to report the crimes against them.

 

At 8:30pm on Wednesday (July 29), Phuket City police held aheld a press conference to announce the arrest of 32-year-old, Ronnachai Tongkum from Nakornsawan who was wanted for theft using a getaway vehicle.

Speaking at the press conference, Lt Col Somsak Tongkleng, revealed that Ronnachai was wanted following the issuing of an arrest warrant by Phuket Provincial Court on Wednesday for the theft of a gold necklace which took place at 3:50pm on Tuesday (July 28) on Srisutat Rd in Rassada.

“We investigated Ronnachai following a theft report filed by one of his victims.

“An officer spotted him walking down the road near his home in the Sapanrum Community 2 on Srisutat Rd so they approached him and presented him with the arrest warrant,” said Lt Col Somsak.

Ronnachai admitted to police that he had committed the theft and that he had sold the necklace for B7,800 to a gold shop in Vichit.

Police went to the gold shop and recovered the gold necklace and escorted Ronnachai to Phuket City Police Station.

Ronnachai told police that this was his fifth theft and that he only targeted Myanmar women because he believed his victims would be too afraid to go to police and report a crime.

Phuket police officer found dead by gunshot wound to the head

PHUKET: Forensic experts are investigating the death of a police officer whose body was found with a single gunshot wound to the head at his rented room in Cherng Talay this afternoon (July 31).

Police have yet to rule the death of fellow Cherng Talay police officer Sen Sgt Maj Pinit Pradabjan, 50, as suicide. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

Police have yet to rule the case as suicide.

Lt Peerasit Noopayan and fellow officers of the Cherng Talay police were called to the home in Soi Pasak 10 at 1:30pm after local residents noticed a foul stench emanating from inside.

After breaking through the locked front door, officers found the body of fellow Cherng Talay police officer Sen Sgt Maj Pinit Pradabjan, 50, slumped in a sitting position on the floor with his head resting on the wall.

In his right hand was a 9mm pistol. Police nearby found one 9mm casing on the floor.

Police said they found no sign of assault or robbery and confirmed that Sen Sgt Maj Pinit had one gunshot wound to the head, from inside of his mouth to the back of the neck.

The tip of the bullet hit the wall before it landed on the floor.

Sen Sgt Maj Pinit’s body was taken to Thalang hospital.

“We believe he had been dead for at least 24 hours before we arrived,” Lt Peerasit said.

“At this stage we presume that Sen Sgt Maj Pinit used his gun to commit suicide, but before we rule this case as suicide we will wait for doctors to confirm the cause of death and for the Phuket forensic police to conclude their investigation.”

Residents in the area said they never heard the fatal gunshot and suspected that the incident took place while they were all at work.

Police revealed that Sen Sgt Maj Pinit was a native of Phuket’s Srisoonthorn subdistrict, which neighbours the Cherng Talay subdistrict where he was stationed.

He was working with the Cherng Talay Police’s Crime Prevention and Suppression unit. His duties included keeping the daily log, and he was transferred from police territorial defense from the Deep Southern to Cherng Talay five years ago.

He rented and lived in the room alone.

Fellow police officers told The Phuket News that Sen Sgt Maj Pinit spent his free time alone and loved to spend his time watching boxing matches.

“He never have any problems with anyone and he never complained or mentioned any personal issues with us,” said one officer.

Police theorized that Sen Sgt Maj Pinit may have been under a lot of stress from a situation that he could find no way out of, and so decided to take his own life

“But the true cause of death is under investigation,” one officer said.

Police suspect B500k Phuket temple robbery was an ‘inside job’

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police believe that the thief or thieves who stole B500,000 in cash from the head monk’s residence at Wat Patong this week knew the abbot and temple well.

The monk’s showed police the broken window and metal ladder left behind at the scene. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

Officers led by Lt Col Anukul Nuket, Inspector of the Kathu Police, were called to the temple, formally known as Wat Suwankhiriwong, yesterday (July 30).

Head monk Phra Kru Pothipanyakorn showed them the broken window where the burglar/s entered the residence and a metal ladder left by the window.

Inside the abbot’s residence, officers inspected the locker that was busted open and B500,000 in cash was stolen from, but important documents were left behind.

Lt Anukul said it is possible that two thieves came Wednesday night (July29) while Phra Kru Pothipanyakorn was in the main temple.

“They seemed to know exactly where to find the cash,” he said. “We suspect this might be the act of the temple boys or someone who knew the layout of the monk’s house and knew the head monk very well.

“Forensic police have inspected the scene and collected fingerprints left behind. Hopefully this will lead us to the burglars,” Col Anukul said.

Myanmar man found dead near Phuket fishing port

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a Myanmar national whose body was found floating near the main fishing port in Rassada, on the east side of Phuket Town, this morning (July 27).

Officers arrived at the Seang Arun fish market, near Rassada pier, at about 8am along with rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation, who recovered the body. 

 

Officers arrived at the Seang Arun fish market, near Rassada pier, at about 8am along with rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation, who recovered the body.

An identification card found on the body identified the man as Aye Ko, 29.

“He died about eight hours before his body was found,” said Maj Suchart Meelampong of the Phuket City Police.

“We found a wound on his chin which may have something to do with his death, but it is not conclusive, so we have sent the body to Vachira Phuket Hospital for confirmation of the cause of death,” Maj Suchart said.

Phuket security guard has throat slit, survives

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are on the lookout for a man wanted for slashing the throat of a security guard at a Phuket resort last night (July 24).

Security guard Halem Dami, 26, survived the attack and was taken to hospital. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

The security guard, Halem Dami, 26, from Songkhla, survived the attack and is receiving treatment at Thalang Hospital.

Lt Thanom Thongpan of the Tha Chatchai Police told The Phuket News that he was notified of the incident at 8pm.

“An officer on patrol on the Naiyang beachfront called in that a man covered in blood had run up to him appealing for help,” Lt Thanom said.

“The injured man had a serious slash wound to his throat and other cuts on his face.”

The victim, Mr Halem, later told police that he was on duty in front of the hotel where he worked when another guard from the same security company walked past and said: “What are you looking at?”

Mr Halem said the other security guard then attacked him.

“We got into a fight and he pulled out a knife. He tried to stab me many times before he cut my throat,” Mr Halem told police.

Mr Halem gave police the name and a description of his assailant. Apparently the two used to be friends, but had since had a falling out. Police declined to reveal the name of the suspect to The Phuket News.

“We will contact the security company head office in Phuket Town and have the suspect brought in for questioning,” Lt Thanom said.

Phuket thugs threaten expat police volunteers, expose lack of police presence

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A gang of drunken thugs threatening expat police volunteers on patrol has exposed the lack of police protection provided at the police box at the beach end of Bangla Rd in Patong.

The police box at the end of Soi Bangla is often unattended while the one policeman on duty does his rounds.

 

The gang turned up at the scene in a white pickup at 10:50pm on July 10 and started playing loud music from the vehicle while drinking beers on the steps right in front the police box, noted an incident report filed to Lt Col Pongpichan Chayanonpiriya at the Patong police station.

“There were no police in attendance at the police box all night and it was locked… The people were asked to leave as parking the car [and] drinking alcohol [there] is not allowed and playing loud music was not appropriate at the police box – and they left immediately,” a lead volunteer said in the report.

But the gang was soon back, in greater numbers and looking for a fight. “They returned with more people at 11:20pm, parked the car in the

same spot, played loud music, drank alcohol and told Thai people they were looking for the farang [foreign] police to fight them,” the report said.

“I chose not to engage them as the girl I spoke to outside Starbucks said they were waiting to fight with us and there were no police on Bangla Rd.”

Lt Col Pongphichan Chayanonpiriya, the officer in Patong responsible for co-ordinating police volunteers, this week told The Phuket News that he had little to say to rectify the lack of police presence on the busy tourist street.

“We have three to four officers stationed on Bangla every day, but at that particular time those officers were called to an incident elsewhere. That’s why they could not be found,” he said.

“We also have an officer at the police box every day, but he has to leave the box often to check along the entire three kilometres length of the road, from the bridge at the southern end of the beach road to the ‘dolphin circle’ at the northern end.

“That one officer has much to do, and all on Thaweewong Rd only,” said Col Pongphichan.

“I presume that the officer was not at the police box at the time of the incident because he was performing these duties.”

Col Pongphichan noted that expat police volunteers have no law-enforcement rights whatsoever unless a regular officer on duty is with them, which is often the case.

He also assured that anyone who assaulted a volunteer would face the law.

Despite having the report and photos for more than a week, Col Pongphichan on Wednesday said that no effort had been made to find the culprits, as the report did not constitute an official complaint.

However, by Thursday (July 30), he contacted The Phuket News to confirm that efforts to locate the gang were underway.

Man arrested after picking up kratom from Phuket post office

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday (July 23) with 6 kilos of kratom leaves he had just picked up from the post office.

Saharat Khaisil, 23, was nabbed after picking up his supply of kratom from the post office.

 

On 9am, Marine police arrested Saharat Khaisil, 23, from Talad Neur with six kilo of kratom leaves in front of his home on Phoonpon Rd.

Police have said they were notified by undercover officer that Saharat had been to the post office to pick up a suspect package.

Police managed to track down Saharat in Talad Neur and approached him. They found six kilos of kratom in his parcel.

Saharat was taken to the police station where he was charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 drug.

– See more at: http://www.thephuketnews.com/man-arrested-after-picking-up-kratom-from-phuket-post-office-53337.php#sthash.81ebZ8D2.dpuf

Imitation Phuket monk faces fraud, encroachment charges

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A man who has been pretending to be a monk is likely to face charges of fraud and encroachment after he was found to have tried to fraudulently obtain money from the government and also set up make-shift monastery on a beach in Koh Sirey.

Officials speak to Adul Phongsuwan at his make-shift monastery

 

At 10am yesterday (July 23), Phuket Defence Officer, Jiradech Burarak, and Director of the Phuket Buddhism Office, Wathin Klodtem, Phuket City police, forestry officials and Marine Office officials arrested Adul Phongsuwan or Phra Adul Panyatharo, 53, from Nakhon Pathom, at a hut set up on a beach on Koh Sirey.

The arrest came after officials received complaints from local people of Adulʼs inappropriate behaviour which did not reflect on him being a monk.

Adul claimed that was a monk and that he came from a temple in Nakhon Pathom. However, after making investigations it was found has never been ordained as a monk.

When officials searched his make-shift monastery, to which he claimed to be the abbot, they did discover Buddhist relics, images along with charms, a skull, tools used for tattooing, tonics and pornographic matertial including cds, dvds and magazines.

Officials also found womenʼs Thai identification cards and copies of letters to government officials including one to the PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha asking for B700M to fund the building of a Buddhist image of Phra Narai to honour HMJ the Queen on her birthday on August 12.

Mr Wathin said that many people in Koh Sirey had complained that Adul behaved inappropriately as a monk, he lured people into practicing superstition, charming and voodoo, and he also came out late every day to collect alms in front of the Kaset market.

“Officials went to the market and found five monks including Adul. When we checked the monkʼs details we found that four were in fact monks from nearby temple and had been advise by Phra Kru Meita about the time to collect alms.

“However, Adul have no documents stating he was a monk, and when we checked with the temple that he said he came from they had never heard of him,” he said.

Phuketʼs head monk, Phra Kru Meita, had ordered that Adul leave his make-shift monastery immediately.

Police took Adul to Phuket City Police where he is now being questioned about the fraud, and also encroaching on public land.

Phuket man surrenders for shooting dad-in-law in the face

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 28-year-old man is back on the streets on bail after confessing to blasting his 77-year-old father-in-law in the face and shoulder at close range simply because “he was angry”.

Thanyawat Mudshimwong walked into Thalang Police Station, carrying his .40 Baretta and willing to confess that he had shot his father-in-law in the face. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

 

Thanyawat Mudshimwong walked into Thalang Police Station on July 16, carrying his .40 Baretta and willing to confess that he had opened fire at Juong Chioyboonchoo, as Juong opened the front door to his own home in Moo Baan Neramit 5, just off Route 4027, in Pa Khlok just after midnight the night before.

Thanyawat was accompanied by his lawyer, said Lt Krissana Janit of the Thalang Police.

“He didn’t say much, just that he did it because he was angry,” Lt Krissana said.

Thanyawat, who lives with his wife Pathikorn Chioyboonchoo in Chalong, was charged with attempted murder and carrying a firearm in a public place without permission.

“He posted bail. We are now waiting for the court,” Lt Krissana said.

Police responding to reports of the shooting found six bullet casings at the scene. Inside the house, they found two bullet holes in a glass door and a window, and nearby were two bullet tips. (See story here.)

The shooting was reportedly over financial affairs.

Thanyawat’s wife, Pathikorn, told police that Thanyawat has a hot temper. “We had an argument on the phone and he threatened to kill everyone in my family before hanging up. He then came to my parents’ house and shot my father.”

Juong remains at Vachira Hospital, where he is in a stable condition and recovering from injuries to his left cheek and left shoulder.

Thief steals computer tablets from Phuket school

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A thief made off with B246,000 worth of computer tablets and audio equipment from a classroom of the Satree Phuket School over the weekend. Police are currently checking CCTV footage to help them find the thief.

Forensic police check items in the classroom for fingerprints.

 

At 8:30am today (July 20), Phuket City police were called to investigate the theft which took place at the Science & Math Centre on the fourth floor of the school .

Police were told that 10 computer tablets worth B240,000 and a B6,000 audio converter had been stolen from the room.

“The thief broke in via the front door and damaged the lock to get into the lab,” a teacher from the school told police.

Police have stated that there were footprint marks left on the floor and also fingerprints from where the thief had ransacked the room

A teacher said that the room had been locked on Friday evening (July 17) and that nobody had access to the room over the weekend.

However, upon arrival at the school today they found that the room had been broken into. All the cupboards in the room had been opened and several valuable items were missing.

Police are now cecking CCTV footage from the school in the hope it will lead them to the thief.

Patong police net weapons, cards and kratom in third day of five-day crime sweep

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: As part of their five-day campaign – July 15 to 19 – to sweep Patong of crime, police last night (July 17) revealed their latest arrests and seizures which included a gun, a knife, two decks of cards, B500, several motorbikes and a small amount of kratom and cannabis.

Patong police net weapons, cards and kratom in third day of five-day crime sweep

A total of nine suspects were arrested in one raid at 4pm of the V6 Snooker Hall on Phra Meta Rd in Phuket’s prime party town.

The first suspect, Mr Kuntachat Vibooncharoenphon, 40, was caught with possession of a .38 Colt pistol and six live rounds. Though the weapon was registered, the suspect charged for bringing a weapon into a town, village or public without necessary urgency.

Similarly, a second suspect, Mr Kunshit Rucksa, 34, was charged for having posession of a knife in town without any necessary urgency.

Seven more suspects were rounded up for playing rummy, forbidden by Thailand’s Gambling Act.

As evidence, police seized B500 and two decks of cards.

Also yesterday, police were staking out a hillside hideaway off Phrabaramee Soi 7, where they believed a group of 7-8 teenagers were going to to take drugs in secret.

However, by the time police moved in for the bust, the teens had caught wind and fled by foot. At the hideout jungle shack police found a bushel of fresh kratom, a bottle of boiled kratom drink and remnants of cannabis on a cutting board. Police also discovered six abandoned motorbikes nearby and seized them to expand their investigation.

Two arrested off Phuket with 25,000 ya bah pills

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two men were arrested at a Phang Nga police checkpoint yesterday afternoon when they were found to have 25,816 methamphetamine pills (ya bah) hidden in their vehicle.

Sopon and Paisan were arrested after police received a tip-off that someone would be picking up drugs in the Moo Baan Bangphat of Phang Nga.

At 3pm, Phang Nga police chief, Lt Gen Chalit Kaewyarat, held a press conference to announce the arrest of 37-year-old Sopon Suwanarat and 40-year-old Paisan Ratmanee both from Surat Thani. The two had been stopped at the checkpoint and whilst searching their vehicle police found 22 packages containing the 25,816 ya bah pills.

The arrest of Sopon and Paisan came after police received a tip-off that drugs were to be delivered to someone in Moo Baan Bangphat in the Baiteoy sub-district of Phang Nga, and that the person picking up the drugs would then deliver them to a dealer in Surat Thani.

Having received the tip-off police set up a check point near the area and stopped and checked suspicious vehicles that came out of Moo Baan Bangphat.

Sopon told police he owed someone B50,000 he lost at gambling and that he agreed to pick up and deliver the drugs to a dealer in the Khiansa district of Surat Thani to pay off the debt.

“The creditor and I made a deal that if I done this for him I wouldnʼt have to pay back the money.

“I asked Paisan to come along with me and told him we were going to gamble in Surat Thani. He had no idea we were transporting drugs.” Sopon said.

Sopon and Paisan are being held at Phang Nga Police Station and are to be charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Phuket police arrest Ranong men delivering kratom leaves

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two men from Ranong province were arrested at the main Phuket checkpoint in Mai Khao earlier today (July 16) when it was found they were delivering 30 kilos of kratom leaves to a buyer in Thalang.

Pairoj and Pairin with their stash of kratom leaves.

At 5:30am, Tha Chatchai police arrested Pairoj Upatham, 30, and Pairin Upatham, 22, with 57 bags of kratom weighing 30 kilos. Police also seized the Toyota Vigo they were using to transport the drugs.

Lt Nikorn Choothong from Tha Chatchai police stated at a press conference to announce the arrests that police officers at the checkpoint stopped the Phuket registered Toyota as part of a routine check.

Police questioned and searched the driver, Pairoj, and his passenger Pairin and during a search of the vehicle Pol L/C Charnnarong Haschai discovered 57 bags of fresh kratom leaves hidden behind and under the back seat.

Both men admitted that the leaves belonged to them and that they had bought then in Phang Nga for B20,000. They intended to sell the leaves to a friend in Thalang.

Pairoj and Pairin were taken to Tha Chatchai Police Station where they were charge with possession of a Category 5 drug with intent to sell.

Phuket man, 77, shot in face by son-in-law

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 77-year-old Phuket man was taken to hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 15) after he was shot in the face and shoulder by his son-in-law. It is alleged that the shooter had threatened to kill the whole family only hours before.

The photo shows bullet woulds Mr Juong sustained to his left shoulder.

Thalang police were called to the scene of the shooting, a house in Moo Baan Naramit in Pa Khlok, at 12:15am.

Lt Suporn Muangkhai arrived at the scene with his team and found a pool of blood on the parking space in front of the house. Police also found six 9mm bullet casings near a fence.

Inside the house, police found two bullet holes in a glass door and a window, and nearby were two bullet tips.

The home owner, Aree Chioyboonchoo, told police that her husband, Juong, 77, had been shot in the left cheek and left shoulder. Rescue workers had already taken him to Thalang hospital.

Ms Aree told police that her 28-year-old son-in law Thanyawat Mudshimwong, husband to her daughter Pathikorn Chioyboonchoo, who live at Moo Baab Suriyaporn Place in Chalong came to the house at midnight.

When Mr Juong opened the door Thanyawat fired the gun and shot him. Thanyawat fled the scene in a Toyota Fortuner.

Ms Pathikorn told police that Thanyawat has a hot temper. “We had an argument on the phone and he threatened to kill everyone in my family before hanging up. He then came to my parentʼs house and shot my father.”

Police are now looking for Thanyawat and once found will charge him for attempted murder.

Mr Juong has since been transferred to Vachira Hospital where he is in a stable condition and recovering from his injuries.

Two Phuket drug dealers sell to plain clothes police

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two men were arrested in Patong on Tuesday (July 14) when they sold drugs to plain clothes police.

Miki Michael Lee, 48,and Sak Samlee, 32, were arrested in Patong when they sold drugs to plain clothes police

At 7:30pm, Kathu police arrested Australian national Miki Michael Lee, 48, who had in his possession of 1 gram of cocaine and 29.30 grams of marijuana. Also arrested was Sak Samlee, 32, who had 0.5 grams of crystal meth.

The two are known to police as drug dealers and they had been monitiring them for some time. Police set up a sting operation which saw plain clothes police buy drugs from the pair on the street in Patong.

Both men were taken to Kathu police station where Miki was charged with illegal possession of a Category 2 drug with intent to sell and illegal possession of a Category 5 drug. Jamnong was charged with illegal possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Myanmar man arrested in possession of over 2,000 ya bah pills

PHUKET: A Myanmar man was arrested early this morning (July 14) when he was found to be in possession of 2,178 methamphetamine pills (ya bah).

Kyaw Soe Miw, 30, had been paid B15,000 to deliver the drugs to Phuket.

At 4:30am,Tha Chatchai police arrested Myanmar national, Kyaw Soe Miw, 30, who was found in possession of 2,178 ya bah pills when the bus he was travelling on was stopped at the islandʼs main checkpoint in Mai Khao.

Police had stopped the Had Yai-Phuket bus for a routine check, and upon boarding the bus police noticed Kyaw was acting suspiciously.

This led police to search Kyaw, who police said understood Thai very well and was fully cooperative when being searched, but they found nothing on his person.

However, when police searched his bag they found 11 bags containing a total of 2,178 pills hidden inside a hair-conditioner bottle.

Kyaw admitted to police that the pills belonged to him and that he had got them from a Myanmar man in Had Yai named Chioy. Chioy had paid him B15,000 to deliver the pills to someone in front of a Super Cheap store in Muang Phuket.

Kyaw was taken to Tha Chatchai Police Staton where he was charged with illegal possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Body found amid Phuket jungle

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are attempting to identify a man whose body was found in jungle near Phuket’s popular Rawai beach area this afternoon.

The advanced stage of decomposition made it impossible for police to identify the man. Photo: Daraawan Naknakhon

A sea gypsy gathering wood to make fish traps discovered the body at about 2pm and notified the Chalong police.

The corpse had long hair, was about 170-180cm tall, and dressed in a chequered shirt and long jeans with a leather belt.

“We believe the man died at least seven days ago,” said Maj Patiwat Yodkwan of the Chalong police.

The advanced stage of decomposition made it impossible for police to quickly assess whether the man was Asian or of some other ethnic descent.

“We have yet to determine cause of death and we were unable to recognize any marks on the body that might help to identify the man,” Maj Patiwat said.

“We checking all police stations across the island for missing persons reports, and the body has been taken to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town to determine cause of death.”

Phuket ladyboys hauled in after Indian wallet lifted

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police hauled in the usual suspects from the ladyboy community in Patong for a good dressing down today after one of their cohorts was arrested for stealing a wallet from an Indian tourist.

Police called in a slew of ladyboys from Patong to remind them of the law. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Montri Srijuntra from Nakorn Sri Thammarat was arrested in front of the Soi Paradise complex on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road at about 1:30am after a complaint filed by Amit Mahendra Shah, who accused the lady of stealing his wallet.

Soon after, a search of Mrs Montri by police recovered his black wallet and the 5,190 baht therein.

The incident was enough for Patong police superintendent Col Chaiwat Uykam to give the hard word to his officers and have them round up the usual suspects and remind them of the law.

After the pageant of the allegedly light-fingered crew, Mrs Montri was charged with theft in the nighttime.

Busted kratom dealers, protected-bird poachers face hefty fines, jail-time

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: In six separate raids on Saturday (July 11) night, Thalang police made five arrests while seizing 7.6 kilos of the the mildly psychoactive plant Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a bottle of kratom-infused drink and a total of 44 protected birds.

Busted kratom dealers, protected-bird poachers face hefty fines, jail-time

In the first raid, conducted at about 5pm, a mixed task force – under the command of Thalang district chief Mr Wira Kerdsirmongkol – arrested Ms Chabaprai Gum-naamjun, 44, at a house in the Thepkrasattri sub district’s Moo 4, seizing from her B200, marked as “bate money”, along with 200 grams of fresh kratom leaves.

Authorities were chasing a tip-off about someone smuggling “kilos” of the restricted plant from Surat Thani to sell in small amounts to Phuket teens.

Native to Southeast Asia, the plant is widely used to treat pain, boost energy, alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms, and promote feelings of wellness and happiness.

Nonethless, police charged Ms Chabaprai with having possession of a schedule 5 drug, and detained her while they expanded their investigation.

Meanwhile, at 5.25pm, the task force took notice of a suspicious neighbouring house, and quickly moved in to arrest 25-year-old Mr Piyapun Saenpun, who was caught with four red junglefowl; seven caged tailorbirds; three caged white-breasted waterhens; 12 caged white-rumped shamas; two caged parrots; one caged white-bellied sea-eagle and three bird traps.

The suspect, who admitted he had intended to sell or trade some of the birds, was arrested and charged with catching or trying to catch regulated wild animals, and having possession of protected wild animals, charges which carry up to four years in prison and/or a fine not exceeding B40,000.

Then, at 5.30pm the force moved in to raid another house nearby, seizing six red-whiskered bulbuls, a protected species. There was no one home, however, so police were only able to seize the birds without making an arrest.

Expanding their investigation from their initial arrests, police at 9.10pm raided another Thalang home, arresting 30-year-old Mr Nattapong Leecharern with 1.2 kilos of fresh Kratom leaves, along with one 450cc bottle of infused Kratom drink, charging him with possession of a category five drug with intent to sell.

Simultaneously, the force moved in on another house to arrest 43-year-old Mr Udom Chanojut, who was caught with seven red-whiskered bulbuls and two white-rumped shamas.

Finally, at 9.34pm, the force moved in on one final house, netting 60-year-old Ms Bunjob Menoon with 6.2 kilos of fresh kratom, along with two packs of black plastic bags for separating the leaves.

She was also booked at Thalang Police Station and charged with possession of a schedule 5 drug with intent to sell, a charge which carries a prison sentence of between 2 to 5 years and/or fine of B40,000 to B200,000 (less than 10kg).

Phuket man wanted for statutory rape arrested after smashing abusive step-dad’s face with brick

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 25-year-old Phuket man wanted for statutory rape is in custody after defending his mother in a violent and bloody incident yesterday (July 11) in Thalang.

Phuket man wanted for statutory rape arrested after smashing abusive step-dad’s face with brick

Police responded to a domestic violence call at 4.30pm and dispatched officers to a 2-storey townhouse in Sisunthon.

At the scene they met a group of residents surrounding 56-year-old Mr Wira Bunnaruck, whose face was bloodied up from open wounds on either side of both eyebrows.

Rescue workers treated the wounds before transporting the man to Thalang hospital.

In the house, police met the aggressor Mr Trirong Detpongha, who had been waiting to be arrested.

Mr Trirong told police that he had used a brick to attack his step-dad, Mr Wira, who was yelling at and beating his mother.

Police soon learned that Mr Trirong was already wanted on a warrant in Chalong for statutory rape, in other words, engaging in sexual activities with a minor – a girl younger than 15, the legal age of consent in Thailand.

Unidentified corpse found decomposing in Thalang rubber plantation

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police have yet to identify the corpse of an Asian man, thought to be Thai, found last night in the middle of a Thalang rubber plantation.

Duty investigator, Police Lt Col Sunong was alerted to the corpse’s discovery by a villager at 7pm on Saturday (July 11) and reported to the scene in Ban Pakpli village of Moo 8 in the Tambon Thepkrasattri sub district, where his team of rescue workers was led to a large stink bean tree – in Thai “Dton Sator” (Parkia speciosa).

Police and rescue workers immediately noted the foul smell, before seeing the decomposing corpse of a man, lying face down, wearing long shorts and a black tee.

Judging from the presence of maggots feeding on the entire corpse, investigators believe that the victim had been dead for no less than four days.

Near the body, there was a pair of rubber boots, a traditional Thai red-patterned loin cloth (Pa Kao Ma) and a bundle of stink beans.

Though locals questioned at the scene were unable to identify the man, police believe that the victim was most likely Thai and had died after falling from the stink bean tree while trying to collect the bitter beans, a popular ingredient in Southern Thai cuisine.

Nonetheless, the body was collected and transported to Thalang Hospital for further examination to confirm the cause of death, while police await to see if any missing persons reports are filed.

 

Phuket police arrest two women for drug possession

PHUKET: Phuket City police and narcotic police arrested two women last night (July 10) who were found in possession of methamphetamine pills (ya bah) and crystal meth (ya ice).

From left: Amla Wichainan and Nongluck Wongtubtim both 44.

Police first arrested Amla Wichainan, 44, in front of a karaoke bar in Soi Damrong in Thalad Yai when she was found to have four ya bah pills in her possession.
Later they arrested Nongluck Wongtubtim, also 44, at the Spacafe on Sakdidet Rd in Thalad Yai with 10.38 grams of ya ice and 40 ya bah pills.

The arrest came after police searched and arrested one man at the work camp of the Interdraft company in Wichit and he gave them his suppliers names.

Both women were taken to Phuket City Police Station where Amla was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug and Nongluck charged with possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell.

Two arrested in Phuket for possession of 120 kilos of kratom

PHUKET: Two people were arrested in Patong earlier today (July 11) when they were found to be in possession of 120 kilos of kratom leaves.

Noppadol and Jamnien with their stash of kratom leaves.

Kathu police arrested Noppadol Wisetrat, 21, and Sergeant Jamnien Samorhom, a soldier from Phang Nga province, this morning when police found the leaves hidden inside their delivery truck.

Kathu police arrested Noppadol Wisetrat, 21, and Jamnien Samorhom just after midnight when police found the leaves hidden inside their delivery truck.

Kathu policeʼs Lt Suthichai Tienpo revealed that narcotics police informed Kathu police that Noppadol and Jamnien had been smuggling drugs into Phuket for quite sometime.

Therefore, at 1am this morning, narcotics police contacted Jamnien and ordered 20 kilos of kratom with a price of B2000 per kilo.

Jamnien agreed to deliver drugs but told his new client he would have to wait because Noppadol was travelling to Chumporn to them up.

At 4am Jamnien told the buyer to pick up at the supply at 50 Year Rd in front of the Hilltop Hotel.
Upon arrival police saw two vehicles parked on the road and the two men.

The two men were finally arrested at 4:30am.

Police searched one of the vehicles, a delivery truck delivering goods to a convenience store, and found 24 bin liners stuffed with kratom leaves hidden among the goods.

Noppadol and Jamnien were taken to Kathu police station and charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 with intent to sell.

House, cars seized in Phuket drug busts

PHUKET: Police seized two cars, a house with land and two bank accounts and a huge haul of drugs in two arrests made in Phuket over last weekend.

The two suspects were both charged with possession of illegal narcotics with intent to sell. Photo: Phuket Police

Officers moved in and arrested Jarit Sitthisak, also known as “Bang Dam Koh Keaw”, 41, at a house in Soi Koh Kaew, in the Koh Kaew subdistrict, last Friday (July 3).

They found him in possession of 2,978 pills of methamphetamine (ya bah), 174.53 grams of crystal meth (ya ice). In making the raid, officers seized as evidence two cars, his house and land and two bank accounts.

Jarit, who police said was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a long time, was charged with possession of illegal narcotics with intent to sell.

By 5:30pm on Saturday (July 4), officers stopped suspect Anon “Arm” Phirom, 24, in the front of a bank on Thepkrasattri Rd in Rassada.

Officers, who said they had Anon under investigation for a long time, said Anon tried to flee, but was soon apprehend and found to be carrying 1,365 pills of ya bah wrapped into seven separate packages in his bag.

According to police, Anon said that the seven packages were for his customers.

He allegedly confessed that he was nearing the end of a delivery run to Phuket during which he was to sell 10,000 ya bah pills and one kilogram of ya ice.

After the delivery was complete, he was to return to Ratthaphu district, in Songkla province.

Anon was also charged with possession of illegal narcotics with intent to sell.

Iranian tourist drowns off Patong after ignoring no-swimming red flags

PHUKET: A 30-year-old Iranian national was pronounced dead yesterday evening (July 4) while be transported to Patong Hospital, after his unconscious body was retrieved from rough waters in Patong Bay.

Witnesses said that the drowning victim Mr Hasan Fhakhr was among a group of carefree tourists who ignored red flags posted on the beach, near Bangla Road, and opted on swimming amongst two-meter waves. One of those waves honed in on the group of tourists beforing pulling Mr Hasan Fhakhr further out into the bay. By the time he could be retrieved, he was already unconscious. Standersby and lifeguards attempted to revive the victim with CPR while waiting for emergency transport, which arrived moments later. But, finally all efforts were to no avail as the victim was finally pronounced dead en route to hospital. An autopsy is being conducted while authorities attempt to notify the Iranian Embassy.

Witnesses said that the drowning victim Mr Hasan Fhakhr was among a group of carefree tourists who ignored red flags posted on the beach, near Bangla Road, and opted on swimming amongst two-meter waves.

One of those waves honed in on the group of tourists beforing pulling Mr Hasan Fhakhr further out into the bay.

By the time he could be retrieved, he was already unconscious. Standersby and lifeguards attempted to revive the victim with CPR while waiting for emergency transport, which arrived moments later.

But, finally all efforts were to no avail as the victim was finally pronounced dead en route to hospital. An autopsy is being conducted while authorities attempt to notify the Iranian Embassy.

Suspect re-enacts killing of Phuket’s Supercheap worker

PHUKET: The man caught in connection with the murder of a Supercheap worker in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 2) was escorted to re-enact the crime scene in Rasssada yesterday (July 3) while the second man is still being hunted.

At 2pm yesterday, Phuket City Police Superintendent Col Kaitong Jantongbai led a team of armed police to escort Ong-art Meekaew, 29, Rawai native, for the re-enactment of the murder of Nattapon Nukul. Mr Nattapon was stabbed to death in Soi Thungka just after midnight on July 2 and Ong-art was arrested at 5pm that day. Police said Ong-art admitted to the murder, which he said he committed with another man, Nattapong or Mai Tongsri, 24, whom is wanted by police. The Phuket News noted that the atmosphere at the crime scene re-enactment was both orderly and peaceful. Police both fully uniformed and plain clothed were at the scene to provide security for the suspect. Many residents showed up to watch and take pictures. Mr Natttapon was on his way back home after finishing work when he was stopped by two men about 30 metres from his rented room. The re-enactment showed Ong-art and the second suspect, Mai, beating up the victim with a piece of metal, and the victim attempting to get away from them on his motorbike. The men managed to stop the victim, and Mai stabbed the victim in the neck. As the men tried to flee, a 4-inch blade was still in the victim’s right ear, and nearby was a Honda Click motorbike lying in the road and the handle of the knife. Col Kaitong Jantongbai told The Phuket News that they have sent officers to the remaining suspect’s hometown, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, and reassured that they will find him soon.

At 2pm yesterday, Phuket City Police Superintendent Col Kaitong Jantongbai led a team of armed police to escort Ong-art Meekaew, 29, Rawai native, for the re-enactment of the murder of Nattapon Nukul. Mr Nattapon was stabbed to death in Soi Thungka just after midnight on July 2 and Ong-art was arrested at 5pm that day.

Police said Ong-art admitted to the murder, which he said he committed with another man, Nattapong or Mai Tongsri, 24, whom is wanted by police.

The Phuket News noted that the atmosphere at the crime scene re-enactment was both orderly and peaceful. Police both fully uniformed and plain clothed were at the scene to provide security for the suspect. Many residents showed up to watch and take pictures.

Mr Natttapon was on his way back home after finishing work when he was stopped by two men about 30 metres from his rented room.

The re-enactment showed Ong-art and the second suspect, Mai, beating up the victim with a piece of metal, and the victim attempting to get away from them on his motorbike.

The men managed to stop the victim, and Mai stabbed the victim in the neck. As the men tried to flee, a 4-inch blade was still in the victim’s right ear, and nearby was a Honda Click motorbike lying in the road and the handle of the knife.

Col Kaitong Jantongbai told The Phuket News that they have sent officers to the remaining suspect’s hometown, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, and reassured that they will find him soon.

Phuket Supercheap worker murder case suspect caught

PHUKET: Police have caught one man in connection with the murder of a Supercheap worker in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 2). However, a second man from Nakorn Sri Thammarat is still being hunted.

Ong-art Meekaew, 29,has admitted to taking part in the murder of Supercheap worker Nattapon Nukulwhen just after midnight on Tuesday.

The stabbing happened in Soi Thungka in Rassada just after midnight yesterday when Supercheap assistant manager, Nattapon Nukulwhen was returning home from work. (See story here)

After checking CCTV from the area Phuket City police arrested Rawai resident, Ong-art Meekaew, 29, at an unknown address near Soi Rattanamantion on Vichitsongkram Rd.

Police seized from Ong-art a long sleeve shirt, blood stained jeans, flip-flops, crash helmet and Honda Wave as evidence of the crime.

Ong-art told police he and Nakorn Sri Thammarat native, Nattapong (Mai) Tongsri, 24, stabbed Mr Nattapon to death with a knife.

Mr Nattapon was Mai̕s former boss and Mai blamed him for getting fired from his job.

Ong-art said that Mai asked him to come along and wait for Mr Nattapon victim, then Mai assaulted the him.

“We left the scene separatly and went our separate ways. I was hiding out at a friends house before my arrest,” said Ong-art.

Police are looking to charge Ong-art with accomplice to premeditated murder at Phuket City Police Station where he is currently being held. They are sill looking for Nattapong Tongsri.

Phuket police hunt fake gold pawn gang

PHUKET: Police are currently hunting for a gang of six people who are believed to be pawning fake gold jewelry to gold shops. The hunt comes following the arrest of a man from Kalasin yesterday (July 2) who pawned a fake gold chain at jewelry shop in Rassada.

29-year-old Sarawut Jaksien was caught trying to pawn a fake necklace to a gold shop in Rassada.

At 11;45am Phuket City police received a call from the Maneemart gold shop in Rassada stating that a man had came in and tried to pawn a fake 2-baht gold necklace for B30,000.

The shop owner said that after examining the necklace it was found to be fake so the man was detained.

Police arrived at the shop to find the shop staff detaining 29-year-old Sarawut Jaksien.

Sarawut revealed to police that he and six friends rented a room at Pimprapai Place on Rassadanusorn Rd on June 30 for three nights.

“At 10:30 this morning (July2) my friend dropped me off at the gold shop and told me to came back on a motorbike taxi when I had pawned the necklace. I went inside and asked to pawn the necklace for B30,000.

“When the shop owner realised it was fake I tried to run but was caught,” Sarawut told police.

Sarawut also told police that on Wednesday (July 1) his friend named Korn had pawned a piece of fake gold jewelry to the same shop but managed to get away with the B30,000.

The shop owner said that at around 1:45pm on Monday a slim man aged around 20 came to the shop and wanted to pawn a gold necklace for B30,000.

“I checked the necklace and it seemed to be authentic so I gave the man the cash. However, when I checked again it turned out that only the clasp of the necklace was real gold.

“When Sarawut came in today he tried to pull the same trick. However, when I checked this necklace I knew it was made of the same material as the one yesterday. I told my brothers to help apprehend Sarawut before contacting the police,” he said

Sarawut was taken to Phuket City Police Station where he was charged with fraud and questioned about his friends. He gave the police some information and after checking CCTV they found that Sarawut̕s friends had left the area before they arrived.

However, they did find out that they all travel in a bronze Toyota Sportrider, licence plate number unknown.

Police are on alert looking for the group so that they can bring them in for questioning.

Phuket drug dealer does business via Line app

PHUKET: A man was arrested for drug possession after police learned that he was buying drugs via the popular Line phone application. His and two other mens arrests came during an anti-drug campaign which run from June 30-July 2.

Pichet Tipbumrung, 24,and 43-year-old Winai Tabchai.

Officials from Thalang municipality including district chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol and volunteers launched the anti-drug campaign after learning that drug dealers have been using Line to sell drugs and making deliveries via the post office.

On Tuesday (June 30) Pichet Tipbumrung, 24, was arrested in Cherng Talay after officials received a tip-off that he had ordered drugs via Line and picked up his supply from the post office.

Officials went to Pichet̕s rented room in Soi Cherng Talay and during a search found 1.02 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), three kilos of marijuana, digital scales, 13 parcel boxes, 400 grams of kratom leaves.

Pichet was not at home when officials discovered his stash, but they did find he had left his mobile phone behind. Upon checking the phone it was discovered that he had ordered another supply of ganja via Line and was at the post office picking it up.

Officials went to the post office and found Pichet picking up a parcel which contained a further two kilos of ganja.

Pichet was arrested on the spot and taken to Cherng Talay Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and Category 5 drugs with intent to sell.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Winai Tabchai was arrested at a rented room in Thepkassattri on Wednesday (July 1) when he was found in possession of 120 methamphetamine pills (ya bah), .098 grams of crystal meth, a .38 mm pistol and one round of 9mm bullets.

Officials have stated that they suspected Winai posed as an antiques dealer to cover his real job as a drug dealer. When they saw him on Monday they tested him for drugs and he tested positive.

When they later searched his rented room they found the drugs, gun and ammunition.

Winai was taken to Thalang Police Station and charged with illegal possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell.

Upon his arrest, Winai gave police details of another man who lived in a nearby rubber plantation and sold drugs.

Later that evening officials went to the plantation and carried out a raid on a house there. During the raid 9.35 grams of ya ice, one round of .38mm bullets, digital scales, 65 plastic bags and a small portable safe were found.

The man who officials were looking for had already fled before they arrived.

Then, at 9am yesterday (July 2), Thalang officials carried out a search of Thalang post office after receiving a tip-off that a parcel containg drugs would be delivered there.

During the search officials found a parcel which contained 99.09 grams of ya ice with an estimated street value of B300,000.

The names and addresses of both the sender and receiver on the parcel were both found to be fake.

– See more at: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-drug-dealer-does-business-via-line-app-53037.php#sthash.WPbbIbup.dpuf

Russian crime boss quietly arrested in Phuket

PHUKET: A quiet arrest in a street in Rawai last month netted the head of a large-scale Russian organized crime syndicate, living in Phuket.

Dimitry Rodionov, 38; was taken into custody at a house in Soi Samakkee 2 in the quiet area of Saiyuan, Rawai, at 1:20pm on June 10.

His arrest at the time drew a public announcement from the Russian Embassy in Bangkok.

Rodionov, a native of Vladivostok, was wanted in Russia on a range of charges and was detained by police in Thailand at the request of the Russian bureau of Interpol, Vladimir Sosnov, head of the consular department, reported to RIA Novosti on June 13. (See Novosti Phuketa report here.)

But it wasn’t until a seemingly regular press conference in Bangkok this week that it became known that crime boss Rodionov was arrested in Phuket.

Rodionov was presented to the press by Maj Gen Thamrong Saengwattanakul, commander of Immigration Police Division 3, on Tuesday (June 30) as one of six foreign fugitives arrested in Thailand.

The other suspects presented included Russian woman Natallia Makian; German national Mario Wilhelm Schaefer; Taiwanese pair Chen Hung Hsun, 34, and Hsiao Min Chu, 48; Chinese national Wen Liping, 32.

“Rodionov was wanted on an Interpol red notice and the Russian government had canceled his passport,” an officer at Interpol Thailand later confirmed to The Phuket News.

Phuket Immigration Police received a warrant for Rodionov’s arrest on May 21. He was in custody less than three weeks later.

“We are currently in the process of deporting Rodionov,” the Interpol officer confirmed.

The officer declined to disclose any further information.

According to Russian police, Rodionov was one of the leaders of an organized crime syndicate operating in Russia’s Far East and specializing in large-scale fraud and thefts.

As reported by local media, members of the gang posed themselves as freight agents signing contracts on goods delivery with various businesses and then disappearing with the cargo.

The gang included a special support unit with armed fighters experienced in firearms and trained in martial arts. It is believed that the group was involved in various grave crimes including extortion, armed robberies, vehicle thefts and more.

All the group members were arrested in February 2012, with Rodionov being the only one to escape.

In March 2014 an international arrest warrant was issued, but until this year police were unable to identify his location.

Phuket, home of the worst of the worst…

Shift boss stabbed to death in Phuket

PHUKET: The assistant manager of a Supercheap store on Yaoworat Rd was stabbed to death on his way home from work in the early hours of this morning (July 2).

The body of the man was found outside his rented room. Photo by Ekkapop Thongtub

At 12.30am, Phuket Ciry police were called to the scene of a stabbing at Soi Thungkha 3 off Yaowarat road in Talad Yai.

Upon arrival at the scene, police found a man, identified as Nathapol Nukul, 26, lying dead in a pool of blood with knife wounds all over his body. A 4 inch blade was still in his right ear, and nearby was a Honda Click motorbike lying in the road and the handle of the knife.

Police later learned that Mr Nathapol was on his way back home after finishing work when he was stopped by a man about 30 metres from his rented room.

They talked and then the other man attacked Mr Nathapol with the knife, killing him, before fleeing the scene.

Employees at the Supercheap told police that Mr Nathapol had recently transferred another employee to another branch, and police believe this could be the motive for the attack.

Police know the identity of the transferred employee but further investigation is needed before an arrest warrant can be sought.

Chinese tour bus hits Phuket drugs suspect amid escape attempt

PHUKET: A Phuket man arrested on drug charges was taken to hospital with a broken leg last night (June 26) after he was hit by a tour bus while attempting to flee Thalang police.

The bus full of Chinese tourists struck Nattawut Jaiphaew while he was attempting to flee police.

The bus full of Chinese tourists slammed into Nattawut Jaiphaew, 23, as he sprinted across Thepkrasattri Rd at about 9pm. The force of the impact shattered the windscreen.

Nuttawut was arrested in Srisoontorn for illegal possession of Category 1 drug on Thursday (June 25) and was being held at Thalang police station for questioning, explained Sub Lt Sakorn Burananat of the Thalang police.

When officers brought Nuttawut out for processing, he saw the front door open – and promptly bolted through it, he explained.

All traffic police in the area were notified to keep an eye out for him. Within 30 minutes, Nuttawut was found hiding in temple grounds at Wat Phra Tong nearby.

Surrounded by police Nattawut attempted to run across the busy road, and was truck by the bus.

“Nattawut will now be charged with attempting to escape arrest, in addition to his drug charge,” Sub Lt Sakorn confirmed.

Man arrested with ya ice at Phuket temple

PHUKET: A man from Nakorn Sri Thammarat was arrested at the Tai temple in Chalong on Tuesday (June 23) when he was found with crystal meth (ya ice) in his hand.

Jaroen Krodkaew, 35, was found to have a total of 5.96 grams of ya ice in his possession.

Phuket Provincial police arrested Jaroen Krodkaew, 35, with 5.96 grams of ya ice at 2:30pm on Tuesday after following him from Jao Fa Rd following a tip-off from undercover police that he was about to deliver drugs at the temple.

Police approached and questioned Jareon while he was waiting for client and upon searching him found .70g of ya ice in his hand. A further 5.26g of ya ice and drug taking paraphernalia were found later at his rented room in Chalong.

Police said that they had been monitored Jareon̕s activities since June 1 after they learned he had been and selling drugs in Chalong and the surrounding area.

Jareon told police he brought the drugs from a man named O who lives in Karon.

“I brought 3g from O and paid B3,500 per gram. O dropped it off at my room at 9pm on Monday (June 22),” Jareon told police.

Jareon has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Police hunt for one of the Phuket’s biggest drug dealers

PHUKET: Police are currently on the hunt for Somsak Pankhao who is, they say, one of Phuket̕s biggest drug dealers, after two of his roommates were arrested with drugs and guns in Srisoonthon on Monday (June 22).

From left:Klongsiri Rongsakulm, 24, from Udon Thani and Thammanoon Kaewsrinuan, 31, from Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

On Wednesday (June24), Provincial police held a press conference to announce the arrest of two people found in possession of drugs, guns and ammunition.

The two, who were arrested at a rented home in Moo Baan Panason on Thepkassattri Rd, were named as Thammanoon Kaewsrinuan, 31, from Nakorn Sri Thammarat and Klongsiri Rongsakulm, 24, from Udon Thani.

The two were found in possession 240.80 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), 50 methamphetamine pills (ya bah), an unregistered M3 submachine gun, two magazines, an unregistered Luger Po8 pistol, 28 rounds of .45 bullets, 10 rounds of 9mm bullets, six round of .32 bullets, 11 rounds of 6.35 bullets, digital scales and drug taking paraphernalia.

The arrest of Thammanon and Klongsiri came after police arrested Nontapon Chaipakdee on June 17 for drug possession and he told police he got his drugs from Somsak.

He told police that Somsak was a local dealer who rented a home in a Phanason housing complex with Thammanon and Klongsiri.

“Somsak keeps his drugs in the rented home,” Nontapon said.

On Monday at 3:30pm, undercover police reported that Thammasak had come home with a significant amount of drugs he just picked up from Mr Somsak.

Police, led by Lt Ritthichai Chumchoy, arrived at the Phanason home and identified themselves before searching the property where they found the drugs in small bags ready to be distributed along with the guns and ammunition.

Police said that Thammanon and Klongsiri told them that all the items belong to their roomate Somsak Pankhao and that he would pay them B500-B1000 for each time they delivered drugs for him.

Police attempted to set up a sting opeartion on Mr Somsak but were unsuccessful.

Thammanon and Klongsiri were now being held at Phuket Provincial Police Station where they were charged with possession of Category1 drugs with intent to sell, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and possessing unregistered firearms.

Phuket man arrested for possessing kratom

PHUKET: A Phuket man was was arrested in Talad Yai on Wednesday (June 24) when he was found in possession of 6 kilos of kratom leaves and 700 ml of kratom juice.

Jakkapan Noynamtieng was arrested in his room in Talad Yai.

At 6pm on Wednesday, Phuket City police arrested 20-year-old Jakkapan Noynamtieng from Rassada with 6 kilo of kratom leaves.

Jakkapan was arrested in his rented room in Soi Phang Nga 2 where police also found 700 ml of kratom juice.

The arrest of Jakkapan came after Tha Chatchai police alerted Phuket City police that Jakkapan has been selling a kratom cocktail to local people.

Undercover police had been monitoring his activity before raiding his room.

Jakkapan was taken to Phuket City Police Station where he was charged with producing and possessing a Category 5 drug.

Phuket man arrested for illegal gun possession

PHUKET: A man from Rawai was arrested today (June 24) when he was found to be in possession of a gun and bullets at Tha Reur Sinsangrat.

Paisarn Intawong was spotted in possession of the gun at Rassada pier.

At 12:30pm, Phuket City police arrested Paisarn Intawong, 46, who had in his possession a Beretta M9 semi-automatic handgun, one magazine and seven 9mm bullets.

Paisarn̕s arrest came after undercover police reported that he was spotted carrying a fireram at Sinsangrat pier in Rassada.

Police approached and searched Paisan and asked to see a permit for the gun which he could not provide.

Paisan was taken to Phuket City Police Station and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Phuket police net Chinese skimmer gang with 300 fake ATM, credit cards

PHUKET: Police have arrested four Chinese nationals and seized 300 fake electronic cards – both for savings and credit card accounts – plane tickets and B20,000 in cash the men are said to have stolen in Phuket and Bangkok.

Police on Friday (June 19) booked four Chinese nationals, named as Xie Haiping, 34, Yang Changbin, 27, Min Zhong, 35 and Su Chanfeng, 35.

Police photographed the suspects and reported the following seized evidence: 37 fake electronic cash cards seized from a bag allegedly belonging to Haiping; 111 cards from a bag of Changbin; 140 from a bag of Zhong and 22 cards and B20,000 in cash from Chuanfeng.

In addition, police also presented three Dragon Air plane tickets* that were in the names of Haiping, Changbin and Chuanfeng; along with a booking confirmation document; one inbound immigration document (Form TorMor 6) and two sheets of paper containing electronic card PIN numbers.

Police said that one of the four suspects – of whom they did not identify – had used a fake credit card to withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash from an ATM at the Thai Military Bank on Ratsadauthit 200 Pi Rd in Patong.

In the ensuing investigation, police were able to expand their crime net and track down four suspects to an undisclosed hotel room in Patong.

Police said that men were thought to part of a skimming gang that had previously been working in Bangkok, just a few days prior to their arrests in Phuket.

In a statement to the press police revealed that “Part of the gang had fled overseas, but [we were] able to apprehend them and bring them* back [to Phuket] to be booked for their* crime.”

Police have been particularly selective about information released to the press about this case to avoid leaking sensitive information that could hinder further investigations.

Handymen caught for spate of Phuket burglaries

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police presented to the press yesterday (June 19) two handymen facing charges of robbing seven houses and allegedly selling on the stolen items for cash and drugs.

Ittipon Boonprakob (left) and Rattapong Kanpat were arrested on Thursday.

Ittipon Boonprakob, 35, and Rattapong Kanpat, 27, were arrested on Thursday (June 18), said Maj Gen Pachara Boonyasit, commander of the Phuket Provincial Police.

“Police are still searching for the third member of the gang: Pasupatara Sakultungpotong,” he added.

Gen Pachara said police learned of the gang’s antics from tip-offs from drug dealers, who said the men reportedly traded stolen goods for ya ice (crystal meth).

“The three men used to work together as a technicians. They robbed many houses in residential developments, targeting houses in dark areas with no CCTV cameras,” he said.

“As they were handymen, these guys took a very short time to break into a house.”

The men exchanged stolen items with former workmates Lerdech Naknaka, 28, and Waranyoo Supawiriyakorn, 29, Gen Pachara alleged.

“Sometimes they passed on the stolen goods for cash, other times for drugs,” he said.

“However, so far we have found only drug paraphernalia. We are still searching for the drugs, the suspect who fled guy, tracking down stolen items and other evidence.”

“Many robberies happened during the past two months,” said Gen Pachara. “If your house has been robbed lately, please come to Phuket Police station to check if your items are here.”

Among the stolen items presented yesterday were five laptop computers, 15 mobile phones, a printer, six cameras, two guitars, a television set and around 50 Buddha images and amulets, one brass bowl, two pairs of shoes, one fax machine and many other items of electronic equipment.

Ittipon and Rattapong have been charged with committing robbery, while Lerdech and Waranyoo have been charged with receiving stolen goods.

Six arrested in Phuket drug sting

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Six connected drug dealers were arrested over a two-day period in an operation which started with police surveying two small time dealers on June 1.

Tienjai (Tien) Pakkhatanang, 43, and Monkol Benjapan, 31.

The arrests led to police seizing a total of 152 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), methamphetamine pills (ya bah), a gun and other items.

The Phuket narcotic suppression division started surveying two alleged drug dealers named as Radit Janpherm, 41, and Wuttiwat Setsra, 48, on June 1 after receiving information they were selling drugs in the Thapkasattri area.

At 9pm on Tuesday (June 16), police arrested Radit at his rented room in Thapkasattri when he was found to have in his possession 3.36 grams ya ice.

His arrest came after undercover police were informed that he had just made a drug purchase.

After being questioned by police Radit told police that he would pay his dealer B2,500 for 3 grams of ice, and that his dealer was still waiting for him near the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club for payment.

Radit led police to his dealer, Monkol Benjapan, 31, who when searched was found with .57 grams of crystal meth in his pocket.

Monkol told police he often bought drugs from a man name Ekk who lived in Moo Baan Sapam. He also told them that the last time he brought drugs from Ekk was on Sunday (June 14). Monkol also gave the police the name of a second dealer called Tien.

Police told Mongkol to call Tien and order more drugs from her and to arrange to meet her at the Lemonglass restaurant on Dibuk Rd in Talad Yai at 4:30pm yesterday (June 17).

Then at 4:30pm yesterday, narcotic suppression officers arrested Mahasarakram resident Tienjai (Tien) Pakkhatanang, 43, in front of Lemonglass restaurant when she arrived to deliver the drugs as planned. She had in possession 36.23 grams of ya ice.

Police also seized from Tien a Honda scoopy and a mobile phone.

Tien told police that she bought drugs from a man named Bang. So police also got Tien to set up a deal with Bang.

At 8:20pm narcotic police followed Tien to the arranged drug drop-off location in front of the Nattakarn apartments in Talad Yai.

When police arrived, two men were waiting. Police approached and searched the two and found 10.09 grams of ya ice, 15 ya bah pills, a .38 pistol and 20 bullets.

The two were later named as Nontapol (Bang) Chaipakdee, 35, and Jared Khorsantiwichai.

Police also seized from the two a Nissan pick up truck, digital scales and drug taking pharaphernalia.

Nontapol admitted all charges made against him, while Jared denied all charges but admitted that he drove the Nissan to transport drugs.

Later the same night, police also Radit̕s friend Wuttiwat who had in his possession 101 grams of ya ice. He was arrested at his rented room in Koh Kaew.

Wuttiwat told police that he bought the ya ice from a man named Meng in Surat Thani and paid B150,000 for 100 grams when it was delivered at 11pm on Tuesday (June 16). He said he was going to sell it to his client for B170,000.

All six are currently being held at Phuket Provincial Police Station where Wuttiwat, Radit and Tein have been charged with possession of a Category 1 with intent to sell.

Monkol has been charged with possession of Category 1 drug, while Nontapol and Jared were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell and illegal possession of a firearm and amunition.

Phang Nga dealer nabbed with 18,000 ya bah pills

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Phang Nga methamphetamine (ya bah) dealer was arrested yesterday (June 17) in the province̕s Borsaen sub-district in possession of 18,000 ya bah pills and a .38 calibre pistol.

Apichart Dangnam, 27, was found to have in his possession a total of 18,000 ya bah pills.

Yesterday morning, Phang Nga Governor, Prayoon Rattanasaenee and Phang Nga police held a press conference to announce the arrest of Phang Nga resident, Apichart Dangnam, 27.

Apichart was arrested when police carried out a search of a rented room in Borsaen. Police also seized six bank account books, various bank cards, B8000 in cash and two car keys). The items amounted to a value of around B1.2m.

Gov Prayoon said at the conference that police had known that Apichart was dealing drugs in the area for quite sometime and tracked him down to the rental room in Borsaen on Monday (June 15).

When police arrived at the room they found Apichart and three other men taking drugs. Then when they searched the room found 2,000 ya bah pills and the .38 calibre pistol.

When questioned by police, Apichart admitted he had another eight bundles of pills hidden in the washing machine. The eight bundles contained a further 16,000 pills.

Gov Prayoon added that Apichart told police that he was working as a boat operator in Phuket but quit and came to work in Phang Nga as a drug dealer with his friends as it paid more.

He got paid B5000 per bundle he delivered and he recently picked up 50 bundles of pills from Surathani. He then divided the pills into smaller packages ready to be delivered to clients in Krabi.

Apichart charged with possession of Category 1 with intent to sell.

Phuket teen facing murder charges arrested again with zip gun

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Phuket teenager already facing charges related to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old on New Year’s Eve was arrested for carrying a live firearm on the streets of Phuket Town last night (June 17).

Adisorn Laemka is already facing charges of premeditated murder and accessory to murder

Officers arrested Adisorn Laemka in a side street off Yaowarat Rd in Samkong at 8pm after undercover police reported a young man carrying a weapon in a public place, confirmed Lt Somsak Thongkleang of the Phuket City police.

Adisorn is already facing charges of premeditated murder and accessory to murder for the deadly shooting of Sakorn Nitipoj in Phuket Town on New Year’s Eve.

In carrying out the slaying, Adisorn and fellow-charged conspirators hunted down Sakorn from in front of the governor’s house and gunned him down in the street in front of the Finance Ministry office on Naresorn Rd. (See story here).

The high-profile case saw police launch a manhunt for the suspects, resulting in Adisorn surrendering to police five days later. (See story here)

“Adisorn was under surveillance because of the charges already against him,” explained Lt Somsak Thongkleang of the Phuket City police.

“Undercover officers stopped and searched him while he was walking down the street, and found that he was carrying a zip gun and two shotgun cartridges.”

Adison was taken to Phuket City police station and charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and carrying a weapon in a public place without permission.

My question would be, if he’s already up on murder charges, why was the dangerous little fuck still walking the streets?

Discotheque security guard allegedly attacked by Phuket police files police report

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: The security guard from Hollywood Discotheque in Patong who was allegedly attacked by a Phuket police officer filed a report at Kathu police station yesterday afternoon (June 12) after being released from hospital for treatment he received as a result of the attack.

After breing released from the hospital Kamonchai Singkerd filed a police report at Kathu police station.

At 12:40pm, the security guards, 29-year-old Kamonchai Singkerd filed a police report at Kathu police station and told police that many witnesses saw a group of men gang up on him, and one man attack him and breaking his front teeth and hitting his head with a broken bottle at the discotheque on Wednesday night (June 10). (See story here)

Mr Kamonchai was taken to hospital as a result of his injuries, and the night after the attack more than 100 co-workers gathered on Bangla Rd demanding justice for him.

The chief of Kathu police spent two hours talking to the crowd of protestors and informed them that when Mr Kamonchai files a police report they will investigate the incident according to the law. He also assured the workers of their safety.

Police said that Mr Kamonchai told them that while he was working a group of men came in to Hollywood and when he asked to search them for weapons one of the men hit him in the face.

Mr Kamonchai said, “I did not fight the man and my friends came to intervene. I went to the bathroom and hoped that the incident was over.

“Another member of staff came to find me and said that the group of men wanted to see me. When I came out they ganged up on me. I apologised to them hoping it would to end the nightmare. But it actually got worse.

“Two men held my hands while the other beat me up, and one man threatened to shoot anyone who intervened.”

Mr Kamonchai added, “I wanted to seek justice because the group that assaulted me are all police. I know their names and recognise their faces.”

Kathu police’s Col Chaiwat Uykam commented when asked by a reporter, “We’ll let the law decide on who’s right or wrong, and a committee, led by Provincial police Deputy Superintendent, Col Saman Chainarong, will investigate and question all the officers involved in this incident. The process will take at least 30 days.”

Stash of ID, ATM cards – including foreigner’s – found at Phuket trash site

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A hoard of identity cards, including one issued to a foreigner, as well as driver’s licenses and ATM cards was found dumped at an illegal trash site in Karon this morning (June 12).

Stash of ID, ATM cards – including foreigner’s – found at Phuket trash site

A local resident who discovered the items in a plastic bag at the site, behind the Kata Center shopping complex near the Dino Park, reported his find, resulting in a Navy troop on patrol in the area being called to the scene.

Among the items found, 14 were identification cards that are still valid, six driving permits, a foreigner’s identification card, eight ATM cards, reported Sub-Lt Taksin Puklim.

“There was also a bankbook for an account that apparently still had a balance B10,000,” he said.

All the items found will be handed to the Karon police, Sub-Lt Taksin confirmed.

“The police will handle the investigation,” he said. “This is not normal. We want to know who dumped these items here and whether it was the work of a criminal or thief after committing a crime.”

Gunfight at Phuket fruit shop ends in arrests

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police have arrested five men for a gunfight at a fruit stall in Vichit on Tuesday night (June 9).

The four men were arrested at a house behind Suan Luang park. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Vichit police arrested four men at a house behind Suan Luang park at 12:10am yesterday (June 10). The suspects were named as Panchai Nooleing, 22, Songwut Sirichum, 30, Thawatchai Choowong, 30, and Jirayu Pengchan, 22.

Police seized from the four men two home-made handguns, two 12-gauge shotgun cartridges, seven .38 bullets and two gun holsters.

The four men allegedly argued with the owner of a fruit stall on Wirat Hongyok Rd at 10pm on Tuesday.

Police soon arrived and witnesses told them that the suspects had fled into Suan Luang Park.

The officers soon found 41-year-old Somchay Kadeepisarn hiding near a fountain in the park. They also found a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol inside the fountain, and four bullets nearby.

Somchay was taken to Vichit Police Station, where he told police that four men had been shooting at him and that the four lived in a house behind Suan Luang Park.

When Somchay arrived at the fruit stall, his relative, who owns the stall, was embroiled in a heated argument with his next-door neighbours, he said.

The neighbours started shooting in the shop, so Somchay ran to his car, grabbed a gun and returned fire, prompting the four men to flee into the park.

Somehow, no one was injured in the shoot-out.

Somchay and the other four men are currently being held at Vichit police where they have been charged with being accessories to attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and carrying weapons in a public place without a permit.

Phuket police officer transferred over Patong nightclub brutality, gun threat claims

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A high-ranking police officer in Patong has been transferred pending an investigation into allegations of him beating a staffer at the Hollywood nightclub on Soi Bangla, and threatening to shoot anyone who tried to intervene.

Chaiwat Uykam, the superintendent of the Kathu police, ordered his deputy Lt Col Sorapong Chookaew to report to Phuket Provincial Police headquarters in Phuket Town.

Col Sorapong is to stay there for one month while the investigation is carried out.

Col Chaiwat gave the order last night (June 10) after more than 100 staffers from Hollywood discotheque staged a protest on Soi Bangla, calling for justice for fellow staffer Kamoncahi Singkied, 28.

The demonstrators on Soi Bangla held up signs reading: “Just honest workers not drug dealers”, “Government official abuse residents”, “Why physical abuse” and “We are afraid to go back to work… It is no longer safe”.

Mr Kamoncahi, originally, from Trang province, remains in Patong hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the attack, including facial injuries and broken teeth.

The protesters told police that Col Sorapong and six other police officers entered the club, and at about 2am yesterday an incident started.

Friend and fellow staffer Kittipong Yunuy, 31 told reporters that Col Sorapong grabbed Mr Kamonchai, who was working as a security guard that night, by the collar and said, “What are you looking at me for?”

“He grabbed Kamonchai by the collar and hit him in the face,” Mr Kittipong said. “I tried to stop it, but Col Sorapong said that if anyone tried to help him, he would shoot them.

“Kamonchai begged for his life and apologised, but Col Sorapong kept beating him. We were all afraid to report this to the police,” Mr Kittipong said.

Protesters said that Col Sorapong had a history of violence.

“This is not the first time this police officer has abused people. Every time he gets drunk, he either hits or kicks the security guard,” one protester said.

The protest disbanded after officers Lt Col Akanit Darnpitaksarn and Lt Suthichai Tienpo, both from the Kathu police, met with the protest leaders and the nightclub owner at 8pm.

Col Akanit confirmed that he had reported the incident to his superior and assured that he would take care of this issue.

He also vowed to never let this kind of incident happen again.

“We want to ensure the safety of all workers here tonight and we are very sorry for the victim and very sorry for the incident,” Col Akanit said.

Accomplice to murder arrested at Phuket shopping mall

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Shoppers in Patong might have witnessed the quiet arrest of a man wanted for accomplice to murder as undercover officers served a warrant at the Jungceylon shopping mall last night (June 8).

Phurksa Kaewjeen was escorted to Kathu police station then handed over to police from Thung Song. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

With the help of undercover police, officers led by Lt Suthichai Tienpo moved in and presented Phurksa Kaewjeen, 30, with a warrant for his arrest while he was browsing through Sports World.

The warrant was issued by the Thung Song Court, in Phurksa’s home province of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, in July 2007, explained Lt Suthichai.

“He was wanted for being an accomplice to murder in Thung Yai District in April 2007,” Lt Suthichai said.

“He was also wanted for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and carrying a firearm and ammunition in public without a permit.”

Phurksa was taken into custody and escorted to Kathu police station before being handed over to police from Thung Song to face the charges against him.

Cops to probe B65m Phuket asset scam

From the Phuket News:

The national police chief has ordered a probe into an Irish businessman’s embezzlement case in which the victim claimed he was conned out of millions of baht worth of assets in Phuket.

Colin Vard and his children have tried to lodge the petition with the national police chief. (Bangkok Post photo)

The move came after Colin Vard, accompanied by his daughter and son, petitioned police chief Somyot Poompunmuang last Tuesday (June 2).

Mr Vard said a group of prominent figures in Phuket colluded to forge legal documents to trick him out of assets worth about B65 million.

He said the culprits are powerful people including senior justice authorities, bankers and real estate agents.

According to police, Mr Vard has owned and operated the Phuket Property Development Co since 2001.

Mr Vard said the scam began when Ms Nittaya Sukhampha, the mother of his son, borrowed B600,000 from loan sharks to open a noodle shop.

But as the loan’s interest rate went up, his family could not pay off the debt so Ms Nittaya was forced to collude with the loan sharks to dupe him out of the money.

As the scam unfolded, Mr Vard said he lost the properties owned by his company, and his house worth around B65 million in total to powerful figures as they conspired to forge legal documents.

In June, 2013, a group of armed men forced him to leave his house. His properties were later sold to investors and he neither acknowledged the sales nor received money. Mr Vard later filed a lawsuit to reclaim his properties but the scammers paid B1.2 million to his lawyer to ensure he lost the case.

Six police officers in Phuket have been summoned to Bangkok for questioning while Pol Col Veerawat Chantaravijit, deputy chief of the Phuket Provincial Police, has vowed to ensure justice for Mr Vard’s family.

Pol Col Veerawat will work with Pol Lt Col Chai Sangansin from the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) and Yodmongkol Sappaisansook, a senior lawyer from the Justice Ministry in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Mr Vard’s daughter, Jessie, has expressed her gratitude to Pol Gen Somyot and Thai authorities on her Facebook page, Justice For Jessie Thailand, for opening her father’s case.

Decomposed corpse found on hill near Patong could be tourist: authorities

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police and forensic experts are searching for clues to help them identify skeletal remains discovered in thick grass on a remote hillside outside of Patong this afternoon.

The corpse belonged to a male between 170 and 175cm tall and who had perished no less than one month ago.

Locals discovered the remains about 20 metres up from Phrabaramee Rd Soi 3, on the Omsin hill, or about 1km from the Government Savings (Omsin) junction.

The corpse was dressed in a white T-shirt, long white pants, black rubber sandles and sunglasses. Next to the remains were a half-full bottle of spirits and a backpack in which police found pharmecuticals that could not immediately be identified.

There were no identity documents found on or near the remains. The remains have been collected and are being examined by forensic experts at Patong hospital. Meanwhile, police are reviewing missing persons reports of both foreigners and locals.

Phuket hotel employee gunned down in front of dozens of witnesses after drunken brawl, shooter arrested

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police say the two suspects who they arrested early this morning have confessed to shooting another man who bled to death on a crowded street in the early hours of the morning in front of a big crowd of night revelers near Chalong Circle.

The suspects – including 26-year-old Mr Tharapong Nebbua of Phatthalung’s Paphayom district who was named as the shooter, and Mr Yuranun Thongpantae, 27, of Phatthalung’s muang district as the getaway motorbike driver – were snatched up by police at 4am at a house near Tesco Lotus Chalong.

The arrests follow a swift manhunt after police were initially alerted at 1.15am this morning of a shooting on Patak Rd, about 500 metres from the Chalong traffic circle.

Police arrived at the scene, where they found the lifeless body of the male victim face down in a pool of blood in the middle of the road and surrounded by hesterically crying relatives, and dozens of onlookers.

The victim was identified as Mr Apiwat Sriphet, 29, a Trang native who lived at a house on Soi Nakok in Chalong and worked at a hotel in Karon.

Witnesses told police that before being shot, Mr Apiwat had run away from a brawl at a drinking establishment nearby and was pleading for help before two asailants on motorbike caught up and shot Apiwat several times in his upper torso.

Rescue workers and police confirmed that the victim had four bullet wounds under his armpit before the body was transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital for further examination.

It is understood that prior to the brawl, Mr Apiwat had been drinking and socializing for several hours at the “Plern @ Chalong” night entertainment establishment with three friends.

Witnesses said that at one point an altercation occured between Mr Apiwat’s group and group of “juveniles” at another table.

The altercation escalated into an all-out brawl in front of the establishment, and witnesses said that Mr Apiwat, realizing he was outmanned, fled from the scene to seek help from any one of the dozens of night revellers looking on.

However, his desperate escape was to no avail as the two assailants on motorbike caught up and fired point blank by what has been described as a Thai handcrafted gun (Peun Thai Pradit).

Phuket bungee death jump owner to be charged Monday

From the Phuket News:

The owner of World Bungee Jump, where 25-year-old Abdullah Adel Kadhbahman died last Wednesday (May 27), and the person who attached the safety harnesses to his ankles, are likely to be charged with negligence in causing another person̕s death according to Patong police.

25-year-old Abdullah Adel Kadhbahman died at World Bungee Jump last Wednesday after the safety equipment he was wearing came off.

Speaking to The Phuket News, Pol Maj Theerasak Boonsaeng of Patong said that the owner of World Bungee Jump, Weenas Janwibolkul, and a member of staff known only as Suranai will have to attend Patong Police Station on Monday (June 8) to learn of the charges they will face.

“The police have not yet informed them of any charges but it is likely to be under section 291 of the criminal code,” he said.

Section 291 of the criminal code relates to negligence causing another person̕s death and is punishable with up to 10 years in prison or a B20,000 fine.

“We are still waiting for documents from Patong municipality to confirm whether World Bungee Jump holds a permit for the site construction and the equipment construction so further charges could be added,” said.

According to Maj Theerasak, forensic police are still investigating the incident and looking for the actual cause of Mr Kadhbahman death.

Meanwhile, Governor, Nisit Jansomwong, has ordered that World Bungee Jump remain closed until the site owner has a licence, and that the island̕s other bungee jumps be investigated by a team from the Phuket Public Works department.

“I have ordered that the place remain closed as it doesn̕t have a licence. However, it is possible that the site can open again once it reaches the required standard [about equipment, staff, safety measures and regulations] to get a licence.

“Other bungee jumps around Phuket will be investigated by a team from the provincial Public Works department to ensure they meet the necessary standards and have a licence,” he said.

Phuket police smash ‘B100mn’ Korean online gambling ring

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Eight Koreans have been arrested in Phuket for running an online gambling operation that police estimate would have had an annual turnover of more than B100 million.

The eight Koreans were arrested in Wichit yesterday (June 3). Photo: Nattha Thepbamrung

Wichit Police arrested the eight men in raids on four different condo units at an apartment block near Dowroong Wittaya School yesterday (June 3).

The eight men were named as: Lee Seok Joong, 30; Joo Seung Oh, 28; Han Hong Hee, 28; Kim Young Jae, 33; Oh Se Won, 35; Lee Jung Min, 31; Moon Hyun Cheol, 34; and Lee Kang Yong, 35.

Police are still looking for the mastermind behind the gambling ring, who they believe is still in Phuket, Maj Gen Pachara Boonyasit, commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, told the press today (June 4).

During the raids, police seized 60,000 baht in cash, desktop and notebook computers, mobile phones and more than 100 other items in the rooms. They also seized 100 one-time-password devices and the bankbooks for their corresponding bank accounts.

“The gang started their illegal business about three months ago,” explained Gen Pachara. “They work for a Korean gambling website and accept only Korean members.”

The men were personal account managers for clients, he added.

“Each of them had their own members to take care of,” Gen Pachara said. “They monitored gambling results – mainly of football, basketball, baseball and volleyball matches – and at the end of each day they either transferred their takings or made payouts.”

Transactions recorded in the bank accounts seized showed that the cash turnover for the operation so far averaged about B100,000 per day, but Gen Pachara said that he did not believe that indicated the full volume of transactions handled by the group.

“We believe that the full turnover would have been more than B100 million,” he said.

The Koreans, who remained silent during the press conference today, reportedly told police that they were each paid B60,000 a month to operate the Korean-language website.

“They confessed that they chose to operate the website from inside Thailand as the punishment in Korea [for providing online gambling] is much tougher – up to five years in jail and a fine of of up to [the equivalent of] hundreds of thousands of baht,” Gen Pachara said.

In Thailand, the punishment is from three months to three years in jail or a fine of up to B60,000, or both, he noted.

Police are investigating whether the eight men arrested have any connection to the two South Korean men arrested in Bangkok yesterday, another three on Monday and seven more men on May – all for running a gambling website.

“We will also contact the South Korean embassy and provide them with details of the people who used the online gambling website, as the members [who placed bets online] all live over there,” Gen Pachara said.

Five men arrested for drug offenses in Phuket Town

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Five men were arrested for drug possession in Phuket Town yesterday (June 2) as police carried out their routine anti-drug and crime campaign.

Kitnakorn Phadungart was wanted on a previously issued arrest warrant for drug charges.

At 8pm, Phuket City police first carried out a swoop in soi Tiampracha Uthit in Rassada and arrested Somsak Hemra, 42, who was found in possession of .44 grams of crystal meth (ya ice).

Police then moved on to soi Maekham on Rassadanusorn Rd and arrested Narong Kierkul, 22, in possession of 600 grams of marijuana and 19 bundles of kratom leaves.

Then on soi Maelew in Talad Neur police arrested three more men in a separate rented rooms. Kitnakorn Phadungart, 35, who was wanted on a previously issued arrest warrant for drug charges, Bew Klinpo, 25, was found in possesion of 2.70 grams of marijuana, and Somsak Marnhaya, 43, had kratom leaves.

All five men were taken to Phuket city police station where Somsak was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug, while Narong, Bew and Somsak were charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 drug.

Phuket Irish expat claims his house, land worth Bt65 million defrauded

From Thai Visa News:

Bangkok:- An Irish man and his daughter and son staged a sit-in protest in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters at 12:30 pm Tuesday, claiming he had been cheated out of his house and land plots in Phuket worth Bt65 million.

The man, Colin Vard, 61, wanted to meet the national police chief, Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang, to file his complaint.

The protest caused traffic congestion in front of the Royal Thai Police because police had to close one lane of the road where Vard and his children were sitting. But after a negotiation with two senior police officers for half an hour, Vard agreed to come inside the police head quarters to file the complaint.

Vard said he used to own the Phuket Property Development in Mueang Phuket, which operated since 2001 until he was cheated in a conspiracy allegedly by police, land officials, lawyers, bankers and property brokers. He alleged the collaborators falsified land ownership documents to transfer his house and seven plots of land worth Bt65 million to them.

Vard said he was later forced out of his house and land by a court order in June 2010 because of the falsified documents.

He alleged that his ex-wife Nittaya Sukhampha was forced to join the defrauding because she owed a debt of Bt600,000 to a loan shark gang.

Vard claimed his lawyer in Phuket was bought by the gang and when he hired a lawyer from Bangkok, the lawyer was also hired to lose the cases again, he alleged.

Somyot later came out to meet Vard for about half an hour and the police chief promised to look into the complaint and give him fair investigation. Somyot said some cases have apparently ruled by court.

Three arrested in Phuket tourist hub for drug possession

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: One man and two women were arrested in Patong last night when they were found to be in possession of crystal meth (ya ice).

From left: Maneerat, Kreangsak and Kannika.

Kathu police arrested the three during a swoop of the Patong area as part of their ongoing anti drug and crime campaign.

Police first arrested Kreangsak Pornpat, 39, with 2.59 grams of ya ice when he tried to sell an unknown amount of the drug to plain clothes police.

The arrest of Kreangsak led police to search and arrest two woman who were with him, Maneerat Gnamlert, 30, and Kannika Sombat, 33.

During the search of the women, police found they were both in possession of .35g of ya ice and also drug taking paraphernalia.

All three people were taken to Kathu police station where Kreangsak was charged with possessionj of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, while Kannika and Maneerat were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug.

Boy, 17, confesses to lethal Phuket stabbing

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 17-year-old has confessed to fatally stabbing a man in a drunken brawl in Patong early yesterday morning (June 1).

Supan Legnok, 27, and Sooksan Srikaew, 22, have denied the charges against them. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

The minor, called “Pat” by police, surrendered at Kathu police station today (June 2) after his mother convinced him to give himself up.

Officers were called to Soi Paradise, off Rat U-Thit 200 Pi Road, at 3:45am yesterday (June 1), where they found Somkid Jandawong, 23, from Amnat Charoen province, dead.

He had been stabbed in the torso four times. Officers found on the ground nearby a two-inch blade that had broken off from a knife.

Witnesses told police that they saw three men brawl with a lone diner at a khao tom (rice soup) shop in the street.

During the fight, one man stabbed Mr Somkid repeatedly, then escaped on a motorbike driven by a woman, they said.

Officers checked CCTV footage from cameras in the area, and just after midnight last night arrested Supan Legnok, 27, and Sooksan Srikaew, 22, on Soi Sainamyen.

Both were charged for being accomplices to murder and carrying weapons in public. Both denied the charges.

Soon after, police arrived Pat’s home, where officers convinced his mother to have Pat give himself up.

Pat, accompanied by his mother, surrendered at Kathu Police Station just hours later and confessed to stabbing Somkid.

“I went with Supan and Sooksan to eat khao tom at the restaurant and Somkid started talking nonsense to us,” Pat told police.

“He upset me when he starting cursing my mother, so I hit him. We fought, and when he fell on the ground I stabbed him four times,” he confessed.

Supan and Sooksan have denied the charges against thgem, and police have yet to confirm what charges will be pressed against Pat.

All three suspects are being held at Kathu police station.

Five arrested for bar fight, Phuket street stabbing

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police have arrested five men for the attempted murder of man in a street stabbing in Phuket Town early yesterday morning (May 31).

All five have confessed to the charges against them, said police. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Sayomphu Guamsup, 21, died in hospital after he was stabbed three times in the attack on Surin Road after an altercation at the nearby “At Time Bar”. (See original report here.)

Sompong Boonrak, also 21, was also stabbed in the attack, but survived. Apparently Mr Sompong was not involved in the street fight, but just a bystander at the bar.

Police told The Phuket News that the gang of five were tracked down to their rented house in Koh Kaew after reviewing CCTV footage.

Anon Ketkeaw, 22, was charged with attempted murder, and Ritchot Raksasap, 21, was charged for operating the getaway motorbike.

Triront Seaaor, 24, was charged for starting the fight and Aphichai Siriwatrakit, 24, and Anan Boonroong, 25, were charged with joining the affray.

All five confessed to the charges against them, said police.

They are currently being held at Phuket City Police Station.

Phuket police book two meth peddlers

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police last night revealed their latest two arrests of local ‘ya ba'(meth pills) dealers, two men who together were caught with 343 pills of the highly addictive drug.

The supplier, Toom.

Phuket police initially nabbed Mr Pariyet “Ton” Timan, 24, withb21 meth pills, described as flat and round shaped.

Ton’s interogation led to the arrest of his alleged supplier, 21-year-old Mr Thammarat “Toom” Soomjai, who police caught with 320 orange, and two green meth pills.

Both have been charged with “illegal possession of a schedule 1 drug (methamphetamine), with intent to sell.”

Despite sustained suppression of drugs in the kingdom, Thailand has been plagued by the meth trade since the 1980s, a societal epidemic that began about the same time that the US’ Drug Enforcement Agency finally succeded in halting the domestic and international trade of Thai and Lao cannabis, which was one of the most lucrative trans-ocean smuggled commodities, illicate or otherwise, during the post Indochina geo-political conflict era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today Thai peddlers can earn between B50 to B200 baht profit for each Ya Ba pill they move. The minimum wage in Thailand is B300 per day.

Police on manhunt for sole knifeman in Phuket stabbing murder, attempted murder

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police are confident they will swiftly arrest the knifeman who single-handedly stabbed two 21-year-old men, one fatally, in a post-party brawl in Phuket City’s Talaid Yai sub district in the early hour’s of this morning.

At about 2am today Vachira Phuket Hospital informed police of the death of 21-year-old Sayomphu Guamsup of Kokaeo, who had been prounced dead not long after being admitted to the hosptal’s ER unit. An examination found that Mr Sayomphu had sustained three 30mm stab wounds in the abdominal region. Mr Sayomphu was admitted to hospital about the same time as Mr Sompong Boonrak, also 21, but a resident of Talad Yai. Mr Sompong, who was stabbed on the left side of his stomach is recovering at hospital. Police have named the sole suspect in the stabbings only as “Golf”. It is understood that the victim was with a group of friends enjoying themselves at an entertainment establishment when they became entangled in a spat with a group at another table, which escalated as the men left the establishment. By the time rescue workers had arrived to scene of the fight at about 1.45am — in front of popular clothing shops on Surin Rd in Talad Yai — the suspect had already fled. However, police have ssured that they are close on the suspect’s trail.

Phuket flash floods hit Patong

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A heavy downpour caused minor flash floods in Patong this afternoon (May 30), with floodwaters reaching up to 50 centimetres in some areas.

Kathu Police station again succumbed to flooding in Patong.

A deluge at about 1pm caused roads to be overrun with water, leaving motorists stranded or cut off temporarily as the drains failed to carry away the runoff from inside the west-coast resort town.

The rising floodwaters were compounded by runoff from the Nakerd hills that encircle the east side of Patong.

Kathu Police station again suffered flooding, with the car park inundated. In August last year, the station suffered minor flood damage several times as heavy rains fell upon the town. (see story here.)

The Phuket News has been informed that the major roads in Patong are now clearing as the waters subside, and traffic is beginning to flow normally throughout the town.

The Southwest Meteorological Centre in Phuket forecasts more thundershowers this week, with a warning that more minor flash floods may occur.

Serial snatch thief caught in Phuket Town

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police this week arrested a man for a spate of bag-snatchings in Phuket Town, collaring him within hours of committing his sixth snatch-and-run this month.

Suriya Sukolthamarn, 44, confessed to six snatch-and-runs in Phuket Town this month.

A wily traffic policeman stopped and searched Suriya Sukolthamarn, 44, at the junction of Montri and Luang Pho Chuan Roads on Thursday afternoon (May 28) after remembering the description given in a notice for all officers to keep a lookout for a snatch thief.

The notice called for officers to look out for a man in a red and black jacket and matching helmet riding a Honda Click with no license plates.

At the time of his arrest, Suriya was found in possession of a brown handbag as well as cash in a variety of foreign currencies, the spoils of his latest snatch committed nearby earlier that day.

Phuket City police soon arrived and took Suriya in for questioning. After being presented with CCTV images identifying him, he confessed to six snatch thefts, including five earlier this month:

– May 7, at 8pm, when he snatched a gold necklace from a woman on Yaowarat Road;
– May 14, after midnight, when he stole driving license, mobile phone and B30 cash from a woman in Soi Hub-eak;
– May 18, when he snatch a woman’s purse containing B10,000 on Phang Nga Rd;
– May 23, at 10pm, when he snatched a woman’s purse with B500 cash, a mobile phone and her silver necklace on Chana Chareon Road; and
– May 23, at 11pm, when he stole a purse with B2,800 and other documents.

Police charged Suriya with the specific crime of theft by using getaway vehicle.

Robbery, attempted murder couple arrested in Phuket raid

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A police raid on a hotel room in Phuket Town yesterday (May 29) snared a husband-and-wife couple wanted for robbery and attempted murder in Ratchaburi last weekend.

Chuwnpit Tongleg, 28, and her husband Anuwat Yensiri were arrested at the Rattana Mansion hotel in Phuket Town yesterday.

Chuwnpit Tongleg, 28, and her husband Anuwat Yensiri were arrested at the Rattana Mansion hotel on Chana Charoen Road at midday.

In her statement to police, Chuwnpit confessed that she, Anuwat and two friends attacked and robbed a man, Mr Prasert Thewarit, in Ratchaburi last Saturday (May 23).

Chuwnpit said she tricked the victim, named only as “Mr Prasert”, by leading him to an isolated area in Wangyen district, where Anuwat and the other two suspects ambushed him.

The gang robbed and assaulted Mr Prasert before taking his gold necklaces and other items.

In the hotel room in Phuket, police found the couple in possession of gold items, includuing necklaces, bracelets, rings and amulets, and a large stack of B1,000 banknotes.

Police also seized a leather bag, a red jewelry pouch and and a notebook marking the sale of other gold items – and a camera and tickets to Phuket Zoo.

Chuwnpit Tongleg, 28, and her husband Anuwat Yensiri were arrested at the Rattana Mansion hotel on Chana Charoen Road at midday.

Chuwnpit and Anuwat were taken to Phuket City police station and charged with the robbery and attempted murder.

Malaysian woman nabbed for fake credit card Phuket shopping spree

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Immigration police arrested a Malaysian woman at Phuket International Airport last night (May 27) for using fake credit cards to fund a shopping spree on the island.

Malaysian national Khoo Ping Sze was arrested at Phuket Airport while waiting to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Khoo Ping Sze, 20, was taken into custody in the international departure lounge while she was waiting to board a 9:40pm AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Officers found 17 fake Visa and Mastercard credit cards, all issued in her name, in her purse, and seized her boarding pass and passport.

“Staff at Kasikornbank (KBank) informed police that someone used a fake credit card to pay for an airline ticket at a counter in Patong yesterday evening,” Col Prawit Aengchuan, deputy superintendent of Phuket Immigration Police, announced today (May 28).

Khoo Ping sourced the fake cards from a “friend” in Malaysia, he explained.

“She said that her friend created the fake cards and put her name on them, then sent her on a shopping trip to neighbouring countries,” he added.

Khoo Ping used the fake credit cards to buy brand-name items in Vietnam and send them to Malaysia before coming to Phuket, where she continued her fake card shopping spree.

Khoo Ping was charged with possessing and using fake credit cards and is being held at the Tha Chat Chai police station.

Her arrest follows that of an Malaysian man who last month was also taken into custody at the airport for using fake credit cards.

11 arrested in Phuket for drug related offenses

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Eleven people were arrested in Patong yesterday (May 27), all for drug related offences.

The eight Burmese men were arrested in a rented room while cooking kratom leaves.

At 6:30pm, Kathu police went to search a house on Ratpatanusorn Rd in Patong and arrested Apinya Dutsadee, 45, and Palakorn Thongsaard, 18, who were found in possession of five bundles of kratom leaves and one kratom tree.

During the raid police also seized a rice cooker and cough syrup used for making kratom juice.

The two were taken to Kathu police station and charged with possession of and producing a Category 5 drug.

While police were in the area they also arrested one Thai national and eight Burmese men also found in possession of drugs.

The Thai man, Udom Chumwong, 40, was arrested with .56 grams of crystal meth (ya ice) when he was stopped and searched while riding his motorbike.

The eight Burmese men were arrested in a rented room while cooking kratom leaves. They were named as Zor Tu, 33; Zor Linn U, 26; Mou Minn U, 20; Zor U, 20; Zharn winn, 24; Ow, 25; Zor, 28 and Ney How, 21.

All nine were taken to Kathu Police Station and Udom was charged with possession of a Category 1 with intent to sell, while the Burmese men were charged with possession of and producing a Category 5 drug.

Kuwaiti Man dies in tragic Phuket bungee jump fall

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Kuwaiti man died yesterday (May 27) when the ankle straps he was wearing when he jumped from the World Bungee Jump in Patong came off. Police are currently investigating to find whether this incident was was due to faulty equipment or was just a tragic accident.

Police question a member of the bungee jump’s staff.

Patong Hospital called police at 5:30pm to say that a tourist who had sustained serious injuries in a fall when jumping at the World Bungee Jump on Sai Nam Yen Rd in Patong had died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The victim, whose name has been withheld until his family has been notified, suffered a broken neck and fractured several ribs.

Hospital staff told police that the man had been taken to the hospital in a pick-up truck and that the driver, an employee of World Bungee, had told nurses that the Kuwaiti had fallen from the bungee jump.

Kathu police superintendent, Col Chaiwat Uykam took a team of investigators to the World Bungee Jump, the highest bungee jump in Southern Thailand.

Col Chaiwat said that witnesses told police that the victim̕ had jumped from the bungee platform. As he rebounded from the bottom of his dive the ankle straps came off, and he crashed to the ground next to the lake under the platform.

The victim hit the ground hard, injuring his neck and body.

Police are now try to find out the truth behind this tragic accident and are to inspect all the bungee jump equipment and cords.

Police have contacted the Kuwait embassy so that the family of the deceased can be notified.

The Phuket News can confirm that the police have now closed down the World Bungee Jump until their investigations are complete.

Surat Thani man arrested in Phuket with drugs, gun and ammunition

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A man from Surat Thani was arrested at a rented room in Rassada yesterday (May 27) when he was found in possession of crystal meth (ya ice), kratom leaves, a gun and ammunition.

Sanan admitted to selling drugs to local teenagers.

At midday, Phuket City police arrested Sanan Choppol, 50, at a room in soi Srisuthat in Rassada in possession of 6.87 grams of ya ice, 36.5 kilos of kratom leaves, one Para Ordnance automatic pistol, one magazine and seven 9mm bullets.

Police also seized a gun holster, digital scales, a notebook containg records of drugs transactions and drug taking paraphernalia.

The arrest of Sanan came following a tip-off that he had been selling kratom leaves and ya ice to local teenagers from his rented room.

Narcotics police monitored Sanan̕s activities for a couple days, and yesterday raided his room to search for drugs.

During the search, police found the ya ice in a small plastic bags inside a jacket in a wardrobe. The gun and bullets were in the bedroom, while the kratom leaves were in the bathroom along with the drug taking paraphernalia.

Sanan told police that all the items belonged to him and that he bought the ya ice from a 30-year-old man named Oeng (real name unknown). He had paid Oeng B2,600 for 10 grams of ya ice on May 21.

“I got the kratom leaves from various dealers and divided them into small bundles to sell to teenagers.

“The gun and bullets belong a relative called Aim. He left it with me since March because he and his wife fight a lot and he was afraid that if he kept the gun he might shoot his wife when they were fighting,” Sanan told police.

Sanan was taken to Phuket City Police Station where he was charged with possession of Category 1 and Category 5 drugs with intent to sell, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Two dead as Phuket bus smashes motorbike

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two people died when a motorbike collided with a bus in front of the Thai Wasadu store just north of the Heroines Monument early this morning (May 25).

The two men were found dead under the rear of the bus.

Police, who received a call about the smash at 1:20 am went with rescue volunteers to the site, on the southbound side of the road. There they found the bus with damage to the front, stopped in the road. Nearby was a mangled motorbike.

Under the rear of the bus, belonging to Phuket-based Pornsiwathep Co, were the bodies of two men, who were identified as Somwang Choykamchoo, 31, from Udon Thani and Aung Myint, 32, from Myanmar.

The bus driver, Montree Posee, 38, told police he had just dropped some passengers off at the airport and was heading back to the bus company.

“The motorbike came past at high speed and cut in front of me,” he explained. “I hit the brakes but it was too late because we were both going pretty fast. The bus collided with the motorbike hard and both the rider and his passenger fell off the motorbike and hit the road before skidding under the bus.”

He was taken to Thalang police station for further questioning and this afternoon was charged with reckless driving causing death.

Petrol tanker explodes after smashing into Phuket electric pole

From the Phuket News:

PHANG NGA: Power in most of Phang Nga’s Muang district this morning was abruptly shut down after a petrol tanker smashed into an electrical pole and burst into flames just outside of Phang Nga Town.

Fire fighters battle the blaze.

Muang Phang Nga Police were notified of the accident this morning at about 6.30am and rushed to the scene, at the Ban Fai Tha intersection in Phang Nga’s Tum Naam Phud sub district, where fire fighters were already attempting to douse the flames.

At the source of the flames was a six-wheel petrol tanker with Surat Thani plates that had smashed into an electric pole on the side of the road.

The driver of the petrol tanker, who was named as 42-year-old Mr Pirapong Numwongto, had only narrowly escaped death, but suffered burns to his face, neck and chest as he escaped the blazing vehicle. He was taken to Phang Nga hospital for treatment.

On the opposite side of the road was another vehicle, a smashed-up four-wheeled Bronze coloured Chevrolet saloon car that had rolled off down the side of the road.

The driver of the car, who was named as 39-year-old Ms Wiwatanee Ouilui, the owner of an elephant trekking company in Noppring, suffered only minor injuries.

From the initial investigation, police believe that Ms Wiwatanee had cut in front of the petrol tanker, which then smashed into her car before swerving off and crashing into the electrical pole.

However, police will study available CCTV footage before apportioning blame.

Police announce arrests in Phuket land dispute murder

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police announced that they have arrested the assassin, driver and man who ordered the hit of an elderly Muslim businessman who was killed over a land dispute in Kalim, near Patong in April.

Gen Patchara (second from right) with the collection of guns seized.

Eed Chaisit, 72 (previously reported as 74 and 78 years old), was reportedly followed by two suspects on a motorbike before he was shot four times with a .38 calibre gun on April 24.

Last week, police announced they were close to making arrests in connection with the murder following a series of raids across Phuket. Story here

Reporters called to a press conference at Phuket Provincial Police Station at noon yesterday (May 22) waited for hours for police to finally come out and reveal details about the latest arrests.

None of the three suspects was presented to the press. Police said they “refused to meet the press”.

Sutin “A-seesan” Minpan, who was arrested on Koh Chang island in Trat province on May 18, was named as a driver in the murder. According to police, he provided details about the other two suspects.

Police said that the shooter, Athit “Yees” Sanlee, was arrested in Thalang on May 21, and initially charged with possessing a gun in public without a permit.

Police revealed that Athit, who had a “tough” reputation as a bodyguard of a politician for 7-8 years, was also previously arrested for the murder of Jakkrit Nuthat in Kathu in 2012.

However, the Phuket prosecutor did not pursue charges against Athit in that case due to insufficient evidence.

The third suspect, named as Tieb Nunueng, was arrested in Trang on May 21.

Police have charged him as the main conspirator in the murder, which was allegedly ordered after a dispute between the suspect and the victim over a land lease contract dispute.

According to police, Mr Tieb became enraged when the victim refused to renew the B2,000 a month contract, which had been rolling for 15 years.

Police added that they believe that the money used to pay for the hit was raised by selling Kratom grown on the disputed land, near Kalim beach.

Though police had presented to the press numerous weapons seized in previous weeks, they didn’t present the actual murder weapon nor other critical evidence, much of which they said had been destroyed by Mr Tieb.

Police Major General Phatchara Bunyasit, commander of Phuket Provincial Police told the press, “All thee suspects declined to appear in public. … Many guns are connected to the suspect [Mr Athit]. Some guns can be tracked by registration, but others can’t be…

“Thanks to Kathu police who did a great job. I am sure the suspects will be prosecuted in this case. I will see to it.”

Following the announcement, teary-eyed relatives of the victim presented flowers to Gen Phatchara. One said, “Thank You. Similar murder cases have happened many times in Patong. But, this is first case solved in my lifetime.”

Phuket teen arrested with marijuana and ya ice

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A 19-year-old man was arrested at a convenience store in Cherng Talay on Wednesday night (May 20) in possession marijuana and crystal meth (ya ice).

Supakit was arrested after selling drugs to officials.

At 10:20pm, Thalang officials and volunteers arrested 19-year-old, Supakit Phromchai at a 7-11 at Moo1 Cherng Talay when he was found in possession of 23.3 grams of marijuana and 1.31 grams of ya ice.

Police also seized from Supakit an iPhone, a notebook containing information on drugs transactions and B200.

The arrest of Supakit came after stability department officials learned that he had been selling marijuana in Cherng Talay area.

Officials monitored Supakit for several days before contacted him to buy marijuana. Supakit agreed to meet his new client at the local convenience store on May 20.

After Supakit sold 2.24 grams of marajuana to officials he was searched on the spot and officials found the other drugs and notebook in his pocket.

Supakit was taken to Cherng Talay Police Station where he was charged with possession of Category 1 and Category 5 drugs with intent to sell.

Arsonists burn Phuket restaurant

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A woman and her partner escaped serious injury after the front of their restaurant was set ablaze in Srisoonthorn this morning (May 20).

Police examine the damage at the restaurant.

Chantana Pongkhawlou, 33, who was asleep with her partner in a back room at the Baan Tha Ruea Garden restaurant near the Thai Watsadu store on Thepkasattri Rd, was woken to flames at about 6am.

Ms Chantana and her partner fled to safety and promptly called the police, who arrived to find tables, chairs, the bar stereo and the thatch roof scorched by fire.

Police also found a plastic container with gasoline still in it on the ground at the scene and two used flame torches on the burned-out roof.

The damage to the venue was estimated at about B30,000.

Ms Chantana told police that the restaurant was busy most nights, which might have sparked jealousy among business rivals in the area.

“We bought the place, renovated it and only recently opened,” she said. “I have a lot of customers almost every night because we have live music – but we never have any problems with anyone.

“Maybe the owners of some of the restaurants around here are upset that our restaurant has been busy every night since we opened, and so they might have wanted to burn down our place to threaten us into closing our business.”

Police said they were treating the fire as a case of arson, and will question residents in the area in the hope of identifying the perpetrators.

Man wanted for murder in Nakorn Sri Thammarat arrested in Phuket

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A man from Nakorn Sri Thammarat who was wanted by police in connection with a murder carried out last year in Nakorn Sri Thammarat was arrested in Phuket yesterday (May18). He was also wanted for possession of drug a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.

Kittisak told police he shot Mr Saroj because he had tried to shoot him before.

Yesterday evening, Phuket City police under the command of Col Dr Kraitong Jantongbai arrested Nakorn Sri Thammarat native, Kittisak or Leewan Pis, 25, who was wanted in connection with the murder of 38-year-old Saroj Malayoo in March 2014 and also for drug possession in July 2014.

Police arrested Kittisak in a rented room in soi Malipan in Rassada.

The murder of Mr Saroj happened at 11:30am on March 13 2014 last year when two suspects on a motorbike approached him at a wedding party in Pakpoon, Nakorn Sri Thammarat and one of the men shot him dead.

At the time of the incident police believed that the suspect killed Mr Saroj in revenge for a murder carried out in 2012 of which Mr Saroj was a suspect.

However, no charges were ever pressed against Mr Saroj due to lack of evidence.

Upon his arrest, Kittisak told police, “I used a .38 pistol to shoot Saroj because he came to my house in Nakorn Sri Thammarat before and tried to shoot me.”

Nephew arrested for shooting of Phuket fruit shop owner

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police last night (May 18) arrested the nephew of of a fruit shop owner who was shot in the face in her shop yesterday.

Suntiparb Kosuk with the homemade pistol he used to shot his aunt.

Sirung Kosuk, 46, was shot by a lone man on a motorcycle at 4pm yesterday. The bullet hit her in the eye. She died three hours later in the OrBorJor hospital.

Her nephew, Suntiparb Kosuk, 29, was arrested about an hour before she died. He has been charged with murder.

He told police that Ms Sirung had been involved in a dispute with his side of the family.

Phuket fruit shop owner shot ‘in dispute with her family’

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: The owner of a fruit shop near the Nimit Circle in Phuket Town was critically wounded at about 4pm today (May 18) when she was shot by an assailant who so far has not been identified.

Police are hunting the gunman, who has yet to be identified.

Sirung Kosuk, 46, was in her shop when a lone man on a red and black Honda Dream motorbike stopped and fired at her. He hit her in the right eye, the bullet exiting through her right cheek.

Mrs Sirung was taken to the Phuket Provincial Hospital and although gravely injured was still alive later this afternoon.

Witnesses described the shooter as dark-skinned, about 1.6 metres tall and with hair in a duck tail at the back.

Police said that they had discovered Mrs Sirung was involved in a family dispute and they have a supect in mind.

Phuket Marine Police retieve unidentified corpse floating near Koh Kai Nork island

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: The nationality and cause of death of the victim found floating east of Phuket today cannot immediately be determined, police said.

At about 10am this morning, marine police were alerted by residents that there was a body floating in the area between Phuket’s Koh Rang Yai island and Phang Nga’s Koh Yao Yai island.

By about 3pm, a boat team comprising officers from the Marine Police, Phuket City Police and Kusoldham emergency rescue unit arrived to the scene, about one nautical mile south of Koh Kai Nork island, and retrieved the bloated body, which was floating face down.

The body, which had a large gash in his back and was dressed in dark shorts and a shirt, was transferred to Vachira Hospital for further examination.

Due to the condition of the body, officers were unable to speculate at this point and will wait for more forensic clues.

Police seize guns, ammo as part of investigation of Kalim land dispute murder

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police say they are getting close to making arrests in the case of a shooting murder of a Muslim man in Kalim last month, suspected to have been shot over a land dispute.

Police seized weapons as part of murder investigation.

Acting on search warrants for four targets – in Patong, Phuket Town, Kathu and Pakklok – police today revealed an arsenal of artillery and weapons they had seized from two search targets.

Mr Eed Chaisit, 78, was shot in late April, and police have since established two possible motives.

The first was that his murder was related to frequent spats he allegedly had with someone over a road construction matter on a plot of property at the foot of the hill near Kalim Beach.

The second was that he was murdered because he as the owner of an expensive piece of land, he “stood in the way of numerous developers who wanted his valuable piece of land to build a luxury hotel on”.

Seize the day

The first raid by police today was from house in the Yoo Charoen housing estate in Thalang’s Pakklok sub district, home to Ms Natthlada Thanabodinitchakul, 55.

Police detained Ms Nathlada after seizing a Saiga brand 12-guage shotgun along with magazine (KoTor 5452506 registration), dozens of Winchester 12-guage live shells and a bullet proof vest.

The suspect faces charges of having possession of said weapons and artillery without a permit.

The second raid target was a room at the Ratchapon Condominium on Vichit Songkhram Rd in Kathu, where police seized a 22 callibre shotgun, a magazine and silencer, as well as dozens of 9 and 22 mm calibre bullets; a can of gun cleaning liquid (601 formula), and a light green coloured carry bag.

The owner of the room was nowhere to be found, and the seized items have been processed by Thung Thong Police.

Police did not comment about the Thalang suspect’s connection to the case of the Kalim murder victim who was reportedly shot with .38 calibre gun.

Police also did not unveil details about the other two targets covered by their warrant, but insisted they are close to catching the culprits, and hope to soon announce the arrest of everyone wanted – the hit contractor, assassin, coordinator and driver of the vehicle used in the hit.

Finnish man killed crossing Phuket road

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Finnish man was killed instantly this morning (May 16) when a Honda CRV smashed into him while he was crossing a road in Rawai.

The man was killed instantly when whenn struck by A Honda CRV.

At 4am, Chalong police were called to the scene of an incident where a Honda CRV had hit a pedestrian on Patak Rd in Rawai.

Police and Ruamjai Kupai rescue workers arrived at the scene, near Moo Baan Patak Villa, to find the body Finnish man (name withheld until he family has been notified) lying in a pool of blood. He had suffered a broken neck. Police found a credit card in the victim’s pocket.

20 metres away was a Phuket registered Honda CRV with its front damaged. The driver was waiting for police to arrive.

Witness said the victim had visited a friend in the area and when he ran across the road a Honda came at high speed from Chalong circle heading towards Karon and slammed into the victim.

The body of the victim was taken to Vachira hospital.

Police are contacting with the Finnish embassy and are working on notifying the victim’s family.

Police took the driver of the vehicle to Chalong police station for questioning before charging him with reckless driving causing death.

One woman killed when Phuket tour bus flips in Krabi

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: One passenger was killed and 28 injured when the tour bus they were travelling on flipped and fell into a ditch in Ao Luek in Krabi last night.

One woman was found traqpped under ther wreckage.

At 10:30pm the Nopparat Centre in Krabi was called to the scene of an accident where a tour bus travelling from Phuket to Krabi crashed and landed on its side in a ditch on Petkasem Rd at Baan Lhumtong in Ao Luek.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene where they found the Sungai Koluk-Phuket tour bus lying on its side in a ditch with many injured passengers trapped inside.

The body of a woman passenger was found trapped under the wreckage. A crane was used to lift the wrecked bus so that the body could be removed. The body was taken to hospital.

Rescue workers also took the 28 injured passengers to Ao Luekand Krabi hospitals.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Another two meth dealers arrested in Phuket

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two men were arrested in Rassada yesterday (May 14) for dealing drugs after information received from undercover agents.

Arnit, left, and Wttthawat with their drugs.

Police seized 49.30 grams of crystal meth and 117 meth pills, along with a digital scale, drug-taking paraphernalis and a Honda City car they believe was used to transport drugs.

The two men,Witthawat Kaewthapaya, 34, from Nakorn Srithammarat and Arnat Sukjareon, 19, from Satun were arrested at their digs on Rassadanusorn Rd when police staged a raid at 5pm.

Witthawat told police he had bought the drugs from another dealer on May 1, paying B2,000 per gram for the ice and B22,000 for 200 meth pills.

“I picked the drug up at the parking lot of the Tesco-Lotus in Thung Song in Nakhon”, he admitted,” and after we brought them home, Arnat and I divided up the drugs into small bags to sell in the area,”

Both were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell.