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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 02:10
Jonathan Fairfield

Four nabbed, 572kg of marijuana seized in Phatthalung

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Four nabbed, 572kg of marijuana seized in Phatthalung

By The Nation

 

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Four suspects were arrested in Phatthalung as police intercepted an attempt to smuggle 572 kilograms of marijuana from Mukdahan to Songkhla on Monday night, police said.

 

Pol Colonel Chotiwat Luangwilai, deputy Phatthalung police chief, said two suspects were arrested in a pick-up truck with the drug, along with a couple who were arrested in a sedan car that drove ahead of the pickup to advise the truck to avoid road checkpoints.

 

Acting on a tip-off, police monitored the two vehicles from Khuan Khanun district before they made the arrests in Muang district.

 

The pickup was stopped after it made a u-turn to buy petrol at the Asia Intersection. The driver, Plaeng Khongna, 59, and passenger Suwit Mongkol Supha, 47, were arrested. Both are residents of Mukdahan’s Muang district.

 

Police found 572 bars of compressed marijuana bars in 13 wraps, with each bar weighing one kilogram.

 

The suspects denied any knowledge of the drug, claiming they were hired by two Lao men to drive winter melons and sponge gourds from Mukdahan to Hat Yai district in Songkhla. They said the two Lao men loaded the goods for them to drive and they were promised Bt45,000 on arrival.

 

Police also arrested a couple as they drove into a bungalow about a kilometre from the petrol station where the pickup was stopped.

 

The couple were identified as Ratchaphum Kiartchaichana, 39, and Poonyaporn Thirabutr, 29, a pharmacist.

 

The couple declined to speak to police after the arrest, but records of phone calls from their mobile phones showed they had made calls to the phones of the two suspects in the pickup.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30371695

 

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5 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

but records of phone calls from their mobile phones showed they had made calls to the phones of the two suspects in the pickup.

Should have used encrypted VOIP! DOH!

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23 minutes ago, Darbar said:

Should have used encrypted VOIP! DOH!

Did you forget where you are? 

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6 hours ago, lust said:

Meanwhile, in Canada, you can buy ACTUAL weed beside the 7/11. 

Actual weed, in case your garden doesn't have enough of it? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weed

 

I just had to.

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6 hours ago, lust said:

Meanwhile, in Canada, you can buy ACTUAL weed beside the 7/11. Just another weak story of Thailand being Thailand. 

Cannabis generates C$186 million in tax revenue in Canada in first months of legalization.

 

Wrap your heads around that Thailand government.   
Your people might actually chill out a bit and stop so much drinking.  

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Both are residents of Mukdahan’s Muang district.

 

   I'd have thought that they WERE residents of Mukdahan's Muang district. I'm certain they only wanted to produce medical pot and give it to sick people for free.

 

  

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Getting caught with such poor quality should be an aggravating circumstance at sentencing.  

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Just wondering is that 572 kg of buds (quality Thai stick), or whole plant with leaves, twigs, seeds and the like. $5-$15 CDN a gram here in Canada. Just curious. 

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Some countries are making it legal which is right and some not sure to do it.make it legal and many problems go.look at America and Canada they now earn tax from it.in aust they made prostitution legal and now they get tax back for it.if it is illegal then they is no benefit.it is a soft drug no different to brooze and cigs,so make it legal everyone is happy

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Legalize all drugs.

Control, Tax revenue, Bad boys out of business.

 

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