Phuket Police seize 11 kilos of brick weed, other items from 22-year-old pot dealer

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police last night seized nearly 11 kilogrammes of low-grade marijuana, a smoking device, digital scale, knife, dozens of resealable plastic bags, a home-made gun, bullet, two codeine pills, an Iphone 5 smartphone and a Kawasaki Ninja motorbike from a 22-year-old pot dealer in Phuket City Municiaplity’s Talad Yai sub district.

Mr Subin-Nimit “Golf” Rakwet, 22, was nabbed at about 7:30pm last night in front of the Kasikorn Bank ATM near Bangkok Hospital Phuket in a sting operation.

Police reported that earlier in the day an unnamed informant contacted the suspect, a suspected major pot dealer, to buy 1 kilogramme of brick weed – improperly dried, cured and compacted marijuana – at a rate of B16,500.

According to the police report, the informant used a mobile phone and Facebook to communicate with Golf, who instructed the imformant to meet him at the above location to pick up the kilo.

Upon positively identifying the suspect, a force of officers emerged and confronted the suspect, who promptly proclaimed his innocence. However, police were unconvinced and verified that the suspect’s phone log verified communication with their informant.

A subsequent search uncovered a brick of marijuana hidden in a gas can filled with tea.

Police reported that the suspect then volunteered a confession that he had more pot stashed at his residence in Soi Payoon nearby.

The suspect then led police to said room, where they found 10 more bricks of marijuana inside a cabinet. The stash was reported to weigh 9.6 kilogrammes.

In addition they found several more small splastic bags containing varying amounts of the dried plant flowers.

A digital scale, knife thought to be used to cut the bricked weed, a glass bong and 160 resealable plastic bags were also seized as evidence, as were two codeine pills, a homemade handgun, one .22 calibre bullet, an IPhone 5 and Kawasaki Ninja motorbike.

Golf was subsequently charged with “possession of a Category 5 (Ganja) addictive drug with intent to sell without a permit; posession of a Category 2 (Codeine) drug without a permit; and possession of a firearm and ammo without a permit”.

In addition to jail time, the suspect will also likely be forced to undergo drug rehabilitation under the current Thai drug supression policies.

Despite the status quo of Thailand’s outdated, US DEA-backed drug policies, there are no independent, peer-reviewed scientific studies that conclusively prove any of the three species of ganja or cannabis are physicially or chemically addictive, or independently harmful for human consumption.

However, the strong psychoactive compounds of the herb, especially of the tropical sativa varieties, when ingested through smoke or digestion, may overwhelm and trigger undesirable reactions and moods in individuals who are mentally unstable, weak or vulnerable.

Moreover, ganja for recreational or health purposes is still strictly forbidden in the kingdom by law, and those caught in possession of it face jail, fines, mandatory rehab and/or deportation if they are a foreign national.