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Jun 19. 2019
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By Suriya Patathayo
The Nation

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Police said on Wednesday that former popstar Prissana or Priscilla “Pookie” Gemelli has yet to implicate anybody in relation to her drug-trafficking charges, though they still need to investigate the origins of the Bt10 million that circulated via her bank account over the past two or three years.

The former singer was arrested earlier this week with her husband for allegedly selling 5.17 kilograms of ketamine to a Taiwanese man. 

Pol Lt-General Chinnapat Sarasin, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), said he has tasked his deputy Pol Maj-General Chatree Paisalsilpa to spearhead the investigation and see if more accomplices can be found. He said the NSB will coordinate with its Taiwanese counterpart to find one more suspect, who allegedly left Thailand before the bust. 

Police will also take Prissana, 40, her husband Chonlawit Kitatrakul, 49, and their Taiwanese customer Hung Cheng Yi, 28, to court to apply for their first 12-day detention period on Thursday, he said. 

Prissana, who is cooperating with police, admitted to have abused drugs for 10 years and said her arrest has put her family in jeopardy, a senior police official said. 

Chinnapat said Prissana admitted that she had negotiated with the Taiwanese man and arranged for a supplier to give the drugs to her husband so he could deliver them to Hung at a hotel in Lat Krabang area. However, the police official said the information she has provided on the pick-up location is unclear. 

Chinnapat said police believe the baking soda and salt found in Prissana’s home was used to increase the volume of drugs in order to make more money, though this contamination probably affected the quality of the product. 

Prissana and her husband were arrested on Monday night with 98.3 grams of crystal meth, eight meth pills, 10 pills of ecstasy, 4g of ketamine and 40g of marijuana at their home in Bang Khen district. They were nabbed after drug-suppression police arrested Hung in Lat Krabang earlier that day with ketamine hidden in 39 ashtrays packed ready for shipment to Taiwan.

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