Sunday, 8 May 2011
Two drug traffickers, including one American, arrested.
SA KAEO, May 8 - Two alleged drug traffickers, including an American, have been apprehended in separate incidents after officials seized a large amount of drugs in their possession, police said Sunday.
The 58-year-old US citizen identified as Peter B. Sargent was arrested at Aranyaprathet border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province after Thai rangers, immigration and tourist police found 17.72 grammes of dried marijuana, 160 packets of foreign cigarettes and 8,043 stimulant and painkiller pills. allegedly in his possession, police said.
He reportedly told police during an investigation that he had bought the seized marijuana and the speed pills in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh for own consumption after he returned to his country. But police did not believe him and sent him for detention at Klong Luek police station.
In a separate incident, police in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai arrested a 54-year-old man identified as Chatchai (alias Mart) Jomkumsing, and seized 20,000 speed pills which he was about to sell to an undercover policeman on a village roadside. The drugs were worth about Bt1.6 million, police said.
Police said Mr Chatchai told them during an investigation that he was a farmer and had decided to become a drug trafficker because he was facing huge debts. He said he received the drug from Muser tribesmen inside Myanmar and then sold it to drug trafficking networks in Bangkok and surrounding provinces