May 04, 2014 00:00 By The Sunday Nation 2,768 Viewed
Up to Bt150 million worth of assets in Chiang Mai's Phrao district belonging to drug suspect Anan Jaiwan have been seized, police told the press yesterday.
Deputy National Police chief Pol General Pongsapat Pongcharoen, who is also secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), and related senior officials announced the asset seizure after Anan was arrested in Chai Prakan district along with 292,000 ‘yaba’ pills on April 4.
Anan, who is also show host on Phrao community radio, reportedly confessed to transporting drugs at least four times before. He said he trafficked drugs because he needed money to pay off the loan he took to finance his automobile sound system business.
Separately, police manning a checkpoint in Nong Khai’s Muang district arrested two men in their 20s with some 800,000 ‘yaba’ pills in their car yesterday morning. They were allegedly hired to smuggle the narcotics from Laos to Nakhon Sawan in exchange for Bt200,000.
Meanwhile, police arrested four men with 22,000 ‘yaba’ pills and three guns in Songkhla’s Saba Yoi district yesterday during a raid in tambon Than Khiri. One suspect, Tuwaemuhammad-nase Sureng, 52, reportedly confessed to owning the drugs.