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Celebrities caught using drugs face uncertain fate

By THE NATION

 

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BANGKOK: -- FORMER MISS TEEN THAILAND and now-disgraced actress Amelia Jacobs, who was arrested on drug-related charges early on Tuesday morning, is not the first – and will not be the last – Thai star who has seen a bright future threatened by involvement with illegal drugs.

 

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Indeed, the police blotter is littered with examples of celebrities being caught with narcotics, ending in lengthy jail sentences and hefty fines, although in some cases, canny public relations and efforts to rehabilitate have saved careers that seemed beyond repair.

 

Just this last March, the Supreme Court upheld a verdict against Chatchaya Ramos, or “Yuyee”, formerly a popular model, sentencing her to 15 years and three months in jail for smuggling cocaine into the country in November 2012.

 

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During a search at Don Mueang International Airport, authorities found 251 milligrams of cocaine concealed in her suitcase. In addition to the jail sentence, she was also fined Bt1.5 million. 

 

However, the trail of careers in peril reaches back years. In 2013, the young actress Sutatta “Punpun” Udomsilp saw all of her contracts suspended after photos of her using meth were leaked to the public and her family admitted that she used drugs. 

 

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However, the young celebrity stopped using drugs before returning to act in movies again and regaining her popularity as a teen idol.

 

In another particularly high-profile case in December 2011, renowned rockstar Seksan “Sek Loso” Sukpimai came out to admit that he used “ice” after his estranged wife at the time, Wiphakorn Sookpimay, posted on Facebook photos of him consuming drugs. 

 

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He too was able to restore his image after spending months in rehabilitation and then returning to the music arena where he has founded and managed many related businesses. He also divorced Wiphakorn. 

 

In March the previous year, the once-rising star Athip Nana, or “Ball”, was arrested after police found him in possession of marijuana and cocaine.

 

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He was sentenced to one year and three months in jail, fined Bt12,000 and ordered to enter rehab. However, his sentence was suspended for two years.

 

In the same year, a female comedian known as Nok Choenyim was arrested for trying to smuggle 560 milligrams of “ice”, 580 milligrams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Cambodia to Thailand. It was the second time she was charged for such an offence.

 

Going all the way back to 2004, the popular young singer Joyce Triumph Kingdoms and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with possession of 4,000 “yaba” amphetamine tablets with intent to sell.

 

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She was sentenced to eight years and one month in jail and only freed in 2013 after serving the sentence.

 

In May the same year, Worayot Boontongtum, known also as “Pat Powerpat”, was a rising star when he was arrested in possession of 3,000 ecstasy tablets, four bottles of ketamine and a bag of marijuana.

 

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He was found guilty of having drugs for personal use and with intent to sell and sentenced to 42 years in jail.

 

Not all of the collapsing careers were directly linked to an arrest. In 2002, the life of the former supermodel Rojjana “Yui” Phetkanha, who had represented Thailand on the international catwalk, turned upside down as she reportedly became addicted to drugs, resulting in her losing her job and an income estimated to be about Bt50 million a year. 

 

In 1997, two Thai stars were separately apprehended for being involved in narcotics. Actress Namfon Kullanut failed a urine test, but her tearful explanation that a friend had put ecstasy into her drink, which she had not consumed willingly, resulted in a court dismissing her case.

 

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She took a break from work but eventually returned to join the ranks of popular stars. 

 

In the same year, police raided the residence of popular singer Touch Na Takuatung, catching him red-handed using marijuana. Thailand’s star-maker RS Promotion subsequently suspended his contracts. 

 

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With no shortage of examples of celebrities caught in a scandal, Amelia now faces not only a lengthy judicial process but also the court of public opinion. Both verdicts will decide whether drugs have ruined another celebrity career.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30327248

 
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And this is the prime reason the Thai legal system is not fit for purpose, 1 person was sentenced to 15 years for an amount of class 2 drugs that is almost invisible to the naked eye (and reportedly never even presented to the court), while another person who was caught with 4000 tablets of a class 1 drug only got 8 years. A complete nonsense, as other cases in other crimes have shown, the sentences have seemingly been pulled out of the judges arse depending upon who is in the dock at the time. Dreadful form, how can any official even defend this farce system :post-4641-1156693976:

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251 milligrams is a quarter gram. Nothing. Disgraceful inhuman treatment given the conditions in Thai jails the majority of whom the inmates are women on petty drug offences. A blog on the face of Thai humanity. Truly sickening yet  rich killers in cars remain free.

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Many "stars" in the West freely admit to using drugs.Thailand is no different apart from the court sentences seem random and sometimes OTT.

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14 minutes ago, The manic said:

251 milligrams is a quarter gram. Nothing. Disgraceful inhuman treatment given the conditions in Thai jails the majority of whom the inmates are women on petty drug offences. A blog on the face of Thai humanity. Truly sickening yet  rich killers in cars remain free.

a quarter of a gram of cocaine...that must be a big dealer so yes 15 years in jail just like  for picking mushrooms illegally in a national park.

 

But if you kill a person by wreckless driving it will be 1000 baht fine.

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Celebrities caught using drugs face uncertain fate

 

The headline says it all regarding the justice system. Their fate will be determined on how wide they open their wallet. Up to you!

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58 minutes ago, z42 said:

And this is the prime reason the Thai legal system is not fit for purpose, 1 person was sentenced to 15 years for an amount of class 2 drugs that is almost invisible to the naked eye (and reportedly never even presented to the court), while another person who was caught with 4000 tablets of a class 1 drug only got 8 years. A complete nonsense, as other cases in other crimes have shown, the sentences have seemingly been pulled out of the judges arse depending upon who is in the dock at the time. Dreadful form, how can any official even defend this farce system :post-4641-1156693976:

Are you serious......inconsistancy in passing sentances has been around for as long as the "justice" system itself......in all countries.....particilarly in cases involving sex and robberies. 

    Might as well add on the fact that it appears the wealthier one is the better their the chances of getting off lightly.

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1 hour ago, Thian said:

a quarter of a gram of cocaine...that must be a big dealer so yes 15 years in jail just like  for picking mushrooms illegally in a national park.

 

But if you kill a person by wreckless driving it will be 1000 baht fine.

How do you kill someone without a wreck? ;)

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1 hour ago, dotpoom said:

Are you serious......inconsistancy in passing sentances has been around for as long as the "justice" system itself......in all countries.....particilarly in cases involving sex and robberies. 

    Might as well add on the fact that it appears the wealthier one is the better their the chances of getting off lightly.

Also to add to that, the more public a court case gets, the more likely it becomes political as well. Meaning laws start to get bent to make examples or political points.

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1 minute ago, hobz said:

How do you kill someone without a wreck? ;)

With the scooter from a motocy taxi...:post-4641-1156694572:

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All of these are not real smart, with the money they have earned

all could have gone to USA ,  Mexico  or a cheap trip to Myanmar and 

indulged to the max , no problem,

and no triple murder sentences 

 

 

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Yes, this is a massive problem......for the celebs. For the general public, be sure to judge these people and make yourself feel better. As for the corrupt politicians and army, way to stay out of any spotlight. 

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