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Two arrested in Nakhon Phanom as authorities continue drug trade crackdown

by Amy Becker
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Two arrested in Nakhon Phanom as authorities continue drug trade crackdown
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In the latest series of drug-related busts, police in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom arrested two men and seized a large number of drugs, cash, gold, and land deeds.

Just two weeks ago, a vast haul of methamphetamine and heroin was seized by officials in the northern province of Chiang Mai.

On Saturday night, a similar haul of drugs was discovered, including 42,000 methamphetamine pills and 100 grams of crystal meth or “ice.”

The two suspects were identified as 29-year-old Vichai Niwongsa and 45-year-old Veerapong Ngaonoi, both Thai nationals from the Tha Uthen district.

The Deputy Governor of Nakhon Phanom, Chatree Chanvirachai, explained that authorities have been tracking the activities of both individuals for a long time.

He continued by saying that officials were waiting to obtain substantial evidence against the pair before making a move to arrest them and seize their assets.

In addition to the large number of drugs found on both men, authorities also seized several gold necklaces, half a million baht in cash, and the title deeds for 29 rai of land that is suspected of having been purchased via the drug trade.

One of the arrested men, Mr. Niwongsa, was a drug mule who operated along the Mekong River. He was a fisherman at the river who worked as a go-between for the drug trading ring in Laos.

Mr. Niwongsa would obtain the drugs and smuggle them in a long-tail boat across the border and into Thailand. There he would rendezvous with Mr. Ngaonoi, who worked as a significant drug agent in Nakhon Phanom.

Mr. Niwongsa was paid approximately 50,000 baht for every delivery he made from Laos.

An investigation has been launched into both men’s finances, with authorities hoping to trace the drug money and make more arrests.

Source: Bangkok Post