Three small-time drug dealers busted in Phuket

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Three small-time drug dealers were arrested within the space of a few hours on Sunday (Jan 24) following the arrest of one individual in Srisoonthon.

From left: Arwuth Kongsong, 27, from Krabi; Songkan Badan, 33, from Kalasin and Thitinan Thiprin, 27, from Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

 

A Provincial Police Crime Suppression Unit led by Pol Lt Ritthichai Chumchoy arrested the three men who between them were found to be in possession of drugs, a gun and ammunition. The three were named as Songkan Badan, 33, from Kalasin; Arwuth Kongsong, 27, from Krabi and Thitinan Thiprin, 27, from Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

In total police seized from the three 23.86 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), 12 methamphetamine pills (ya bah), 57.30g, drug taking paraphernalia, three digital scales, one Thai pradit pistol and seven .38 bullets and one 12 gauge shotgun shell.

Pol Lt Ritthichai said that undercover police followed Songkan after learning that he had been selling drugs to teenagers and drug dealers in Thalang and surrounding areas.

“On Jan 24 at 1:30pm we received a tip-off that Songkan was going to deliver drugs to his client. We learned that he had a rented room in Soi Noptakaew so a team went there. They spotted his vehicle in the car park so decided to raid his room. Inside we discovered 16 bags of ya ice weighing 19.17g, five ya bah pills, drug taking paraphernalia and one digital scale,” he said.

He explained, “Songkan said he bought the drugs from a man known only as Go in Thai Muang in Phang-nga and also gave up two names of his clients. This led to the arrests of Arwuth at a rented room in Soi Thida in Wichit and Thitinan in a rented room behind the Big C also in Wichit.

“Thitinan was arrested with 3.80g of ya ice, 2 ya bah pills, a Thai pradit pistol, seven .38 bullets and one 12 gauge shotgun shell and digital scale.

“Arwuth was arrested with .89 grams of ya ice, five ya bah pills and 57.30g of marijuana, digital scales and drug taking paraphernalia,” he said.

Songkan was charged with possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sale, Arwuth with illegal possession of Category 1 and Category 5 drugs, and Thitinan with illegal possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.