CHIANG RAI – Deputy National Police Chief for crime suppression, Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakhan said yesterday that Thai Police in Wiang Kaen district are close to determining the identities of the gun men that opened fir on a Hmong village headman and his family on April 24th, 2018.
The gunman’s ambush left the well-known Hmong headman Thaweesak Yodmaneebanphot and his three-year-old son, with serious injuries as well as the killing his wife and five-year-old daughter.
Pol General Chalermkiat said Chiang Rai Provincial Police Region 5 have interviewed Mr. Thaweesak Yodmaneebanphot but declined any further comments.
He said that officers were checking the phone numbers that repeatedly called Thaweesak’s mobile prior to the shooting, as some of them might lead to the group behind the fatal ambush.
Officers from the Provincial Police Region 5 and Wiang Kaen administrative officials also seized over 300 legally registered guns for inspection. Four locations in Tambon Por in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Kaen district were searched early Wednesday morning as part of the investigation.
During Songkran police and drug suppression officers seized 9.4 million methamphetamine pills and 788 kilograms of crystal meth or “ice” in Wiang Kaen district. A Police source said they believe that the attack on Mr. Thaweesak Yodmaneebanphot was in retaliation for the drug seizure.
The investigation into the ambush killings continues.
Meanwhile, Deputy police chief Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakhan said four successful recent drug busts had led to the confiscation of a huge haul of narcotics, including more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, three kilograms of highly concentrated hashish oil, over 100,000 meth-amphetamine pills, some 5,300 grams of crystal meth or “ice”, and 850 grams of ketamine.
Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakhan and Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) head Lt-General Sommai Kongvisaisuk announced the four cases at a press conference yesterday at the NSB head office in Bangkok:
Some 490 kilograms of dried marijuana worth Bt15 million in street value were seized in Bung Kan province on Saturday, but the four suspected Laotian smugglers managed to flee.