Two Thai policemen arrested in drug raids

A police major and his two wives were arrested along with one kilogram of crystal meth worth over Bt10 million (S$395,580), guns and ammunitions in Narathiwat's Reu Soh district, while a former award-winning crime busting border cop was caught with 24,000 Yaba tablets at a checkpoint in Chiang Dao in the far north, it was announced yesterday.

At 10am yesterday, a 30-man security team searched the Ton Khla Restaurant in Reu Soh district, which belonged to Pol Maj Prapan Intharachai, for more evidences after Prapan and his two wives Chanattanan Inkham and Malika Netdaeng were nabbed on Friday night along with "ice" and other evidence including cash totalling Bt405,619, two pistols, dozens of ammunition, and eight cell phones. Prapan was implicated by a drug dealing network in Chiang Rai.

Meanwhile Chiang Mai police announced the arrest on Friday of Police Senior Sergeant Major Wasan Wisarutwesaphu, 45, at a Chiang Dao district checkpoint along with 22,000 Yaba tablets and a pistol as he drove his pickup truck to deliver the drug to a customer in Muang district. A subsequent search at his home in Chiang Mai's San Sai district yielded another 2,000 Yaba tablets along with guns and ammunition, hence officials were freezing his assets worth Bt3 million totally for investigation.

Wasan reportedly confessed that he transported the drug from the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Dao district to Muang district in exchange for Bt27,500. He had done this two times before as he had financial problems, he allegedly said. Wasan had received a plaque of honour as outstanding crime buster in 2007 but he later became involved in drug trafficking leading to the arrest. Police are now looking for more accomplices.

In related news, Surat Thani police arrested Laotian woman Pissamai Thatirat, 30, along with 4,000 Yaba tablets while travelling on a transport van from Muang district to Phra Seang district yesterday. A waitress in a restaurant in Koh Pha Ngan for four years, she allegedly confessed to being hired to transport the drug.

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