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Police seize over 150 million baht worth of drugs and valuables from a major drug gang

The Police Anti-Narcotics Bureau on Thursday announced the seizure of over 150 million baht worth of illicit drugs and valuables and the capture of 33 suspected drug traders.

Pol Lt-Gen Raewat Klinkesorn, commissioner of the bureau, told a press conference on Thursday that the 33 suspected drug traders were rounded up at a resort in Khao Yai where a drug party was staged by a major drug trafficker, 24-year old Sadayu Luangpradabjai or Note, who managed to escape.

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Pol Lt-Gen Raewat Klinkesorn, commissioner of the bureau

He said that Note used to work for the notorious Oros gang but later split up to form his own gang, known as Karnyao, which had established a network of drug trading in Nonthaburi, Thonburi and Bangkok suburbs. The gang, he added, bought drugs from a neighbouring country and distributed them through its network in Bangkok and its suburbs and neighbouring provinces.

Pol Lt-Gen Raewat said police detectives had been tracking and monitoring the gang for about six months until they received a tipoff that the gang would stage a party at a resort in Khao Yai on Tuesday night.

About 200 police and army troops were mobilized to lay siege to the resort before they raided the premise to make arrests. About 50 suspected traffickers attended the party and 33 of them were arrested with the rest managed to flee the scene.

A police officer, Pol Lt-Col Thivapong Pluto, was shot and seriously injured while one suspect, Surasak Boonthub, was shot dead in his car in an escape bid.

Police later searched Note's house and seized many more drugs, valuables, weapons and cash.

The seized items include 33 million baht in cash, 6 kgs of crystal meth, 172,000 methamphetamine tablets, 1,450 tablets of Ecstasy, land title deeds, cars, guns and two safes which are yet to be opened.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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