PHUKET: Police last night arrested a drug runner at the Tah Chat Chai Checkpoint who confessed to smuggling drugs from Surat Thani and selling them in Phuket Town.
Acting on a tip-off, police stopped and searched a Honda Jazz being driven by Sitthichai Chusang, 39, at about 8:30pm while he was trying to leave the island.
Officers found only 300mg of ya ice
(crystal methamphetamine) hidden in a chewing gum container inside the car.
During questioning by police, Mr Sittichai confessed to buying drugs from a contact in his hometown of Surat Thani and bringing them into Phuket.
“Mr Sitthichai confessed that he bought all his drugs from a dealer based in Surat Thani,” said Kathu District Chief Administrative Officer Wisut Romin, whose office received the tip-off.
“He rented a room near Suan Luang [Rama IX Park, also known as King’s Park in Phuket Town] to sell drugs to residents in the area,” he added.
Police searched the rented room and found 500 pills of ya bah
(methamphetamine) and 18 more bags of ya ice
with a total weight of 22.6 grams.
“Mr Sittichai was charged with the possession, sale and distribution of a Category 1 narcotic,” Mr Wisut said.