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Two drug suspects arrested in Bangkok, third suspect on the run

Aug 07. 2017
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By The Nation

Police arrested two men and seized 944 grams of crystal meth or “ice” and 1.3 kilograms of ketamine.

Thanakorn Sukcharoen, 30, was charged with being a drug dealer while Mana Piaraj, 33, was charged with being a drug mule who transported the drugs from a third suspect to Thanakorn.

Police said the third suspect, Panida Yaemkhaya, 26, is still on the run.

Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, commander of the Patrol and Special Operation (191) Division, said Thanakorn and Mana were arrested on Sunday.

Surachet said police had received a tip-off that Thanakorn was a drug dealer, so they obtained a warrant to search his house on Soi Lard Prao-Wang Hin 47.

Police found 19.64 grams of crystal meth in his house and arrested Thanakorn, he said.

Thanakorn said he bought the drug from Panida and was told to call Panida to buy 20 grams of “ice” from her.

Surachet said Mana was arrested when he turned up at Thanakorn’s house to deliver the drugs.

Police searched Mana’s house in Lard Prao district and allegedly found more drugs.

Police then search Panida’s house in Lard Prao but did not find drugs.

But police seized Bt300,000 and gold ornaments worth Bt100,000 at the house.

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