(CTN News) – Thai authorities seized assets worth approximately 100 million baht after dismantling an infamous narcotics network that operated in the Pathum Thani and Yala regions. A total of eight people, including the 32-year-old suspected ringleader, were apprehended in seven different places.
The Yala Provincial Court issued the warrants that led to the arrests yesterday, November 27. Drug trafficking conspiracy and aiding and abetting were among the allegations, according to Chief Jirabhob Bhuridej of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB).
Thai Police Police Seize 80,000 Methamphetamine Pills, Firearms, and Ammunition
Nine weapons, including handguns and military weapons, 262 rounds of ammunition, and a thousand methamphetamine pills, were seized by the police during the operation.
Real estate, a garage, twenty-seven cars, and three motorcycles were among the confiscated assets that are now under investigation. Bangkok Post cites CIB Chief Jirabhob as saying that the confiscated assets are worth around 100 million baht.
It is thought that Charoen Rattanawan, who goes by the nickname Jack Sam Mor, instructed his accomplices to open bank accounts in order to receive money from narcotics transactions.
Other participants in the network had their bank accounts credited afterward. Allegedly, private logistics companies were used to ship narcotics to their respective customers.
It was reported by Pongpanot Chukaew, commander of Crime Suppression Division (CSD) sub-division 6, that Charoen and his accomplices had moved to Pathum Thani province. Among the enterprises they had established, there were apartments for rent, a garage for racing cars, and a marijuana café.
Their narcotics operations presumably took place behind these companies. Unlicensed vehicles were allegedly sold by the gang as well.
For a long time, the suspects had been renting apartments in the area to store illicit narcotics for sale to consumers. The assets they accumulated were valued at almost 100 million baht, according to Pongpanot Chukaew, thanks to the income made from the illegal narcotics trade.
All of the individuals confessed to the charges when questioned by the police, according to the authorities. Investigators from the CSD have taken possession of the suspects and will proceed with legal proceedings accordingly.