12 Thai men arrested during Phuket anti-drug and crime raid

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Twelve men, including two Thalang riot suspects, were arrested on Sunday (Jan 17) when they were found to be in possession of drugs, guns and ammunition as police continue with during their anti-drug and -crime campaign.

Gov Chamroen Tipayapongtada speaks at a press conference held to announce the arrest of the 12 men. Photo: Ekkapop Thongtub


In an increased effort to get rid of drug in the Thalang area, Phuket Governor, Thalang district chief and Thalang police launched a massive anti-drug and -crime campaign in the early hours of yesterday morning with more than 120 police, navy and defense volunteers involved.

Police arrested 10 men who were found in possession of drugs, guns and ammunition and two suspects believed to have been involved in the Thalang riots. The 12 were named as follow:

Samai Baochai with a pistol and two magazines.

Sommai Kongnam with one litre of kratom juice, one pistol and five bullets.

Worachart Ratso in connection with the Thalang riots.

Tanongsak Tanapetch in connection with the Thalang riots.

Kitipong Kaewkong with two pistols and nine bullets.

Rungroj Surin with an unregistered rifle and 53 bullets.

Pornsak Wanthong with 33 bundles of kratom leaves and a Thai pradit gun.

Pramoth Heepkaew with 117 methamphetamine (ya bah) pills, marijuana, a unregistered gun and seven bullets.

Nattapong Rodthapak with one pistol, one Thai pradit gun and eleven bullets.

Paiboon Rattanpak with drugs and previously wanted in connection with an assault charge.

Wisut Rattanapak wanted on an assault charge.

Somsak Wantong with 320 grams of kratom leaves and kratom juice.

Altogether officials eight guns, 88 bullets,117 ya bah pills,18.40 grams of marijuana, 1.16 kilos of kratom leaves and 1.35 litres of kratom juice.

All of the arrested were taken to Thalang Police Station except for Nattapong, Paiboon and Wisut who were taken to Tha Chatchai Police Staion and Kittipong to Cherng Talay to face their charges.

Later yesterday, under the command of Phuket Governor, 270 officers again swooped the streets to check on further suspicious activity in the area but no arrests were made.

Gov Chamroen Tipayapongtada said, “The anti-drug and -crime campaign we carried out today is part of the central government’s policy on drug use.

“The problem we are facing today is that those involved with drugs have not previously been arrested or were arrested but released on bail. This means they are still free to roam the streets and carry on as they did before.

“These people are not put in a system to help them stop using drugs and this just becomes an ongoing problem in society and we want it to stop,” he said.

The Phuket Police, what a fighting force!