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‘Mor Dear’ arrested, charged in relation to weight-loss pills

Jul 19. 2019
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By Jakkapong Rawiwan
The Nation

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A former pharmacist known as “Mor Dear” was arrested on Friday and charged with a variety of offences in connection with the sale of unlicensed weight-loss pills. Some were allegedly laced with the banned and dangerous appetite suppressant sibutramine, resulting in the death earlier this month of a 30-year-old woman.

“Mor Dear”, 31, who has apparently changed her name from Sujitra Lertsongkhram to Jinna Nichakhunwas, was arrested at 10am at a house in Muang Bung Kan in the northeastern province of Bung Kan as she was reportedly about to flee the country.

A superintendent, Pol Colonel Kittipong Pansri, led the raid after an arrest warrant for Sujitra was issued by Kalasin Court. 

Her arrest came 24 hours after her brother Thanakorn Lertsongkhram, 26, was nabbed in Khon Kaen and a third suspect, Kritchakorn Butwiset, 36, was held in Kalasin. 

All three were taken to Kalasin’s Na Mon police station and jointly charged with conspiring to produce and sell medicines without permission, conspiring to set up and operate a factory without permission, conspiring to construct/modify a building without permission, conspiring to produce and sell fake food products and having in possession for sale sibutramine, a category 1 controlled psychotropic substance.

Police have made swift progress in the case after the death in early July of a woman in the central province of Ang Thong.

Officers soon established that she died after ordering weight-loss pills from a Facebook page “OBE care clinic”, which in turn had bought the pills from a factory operated by Sujitra’s mother Wasapassorn Su-amnat, 52, in Kalasin’s Na Mon district.

Police duly raided the factory on July 6, seized more than 15 million pills and production equipment, then arrested Wasapassorn. She now remains in court-ordered detention over seven related charges.

Sujitra, who lost her licence to work as a pharmacist and received a two-year suspended jail sentence over a previous medication offence, was identified as the person who supervised the running of this online “clinic”.

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