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Sunday, July 25, 2021

1,199 Kilos of Meth Seized; Southern Thai Drug Gang Trafficked Over 10 Billion Baht in Narcotics

Politicians kids, one cop involved in the gang.

When: February 5th, 2021

Where: Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat provinces

Perpetrators: 47 under investigation, multiple arrests, including police officer and children of politician

What: On February 5th, 2021, a press conference was held at the provincial police headquarters of region 9 about an action plan called “Defeating Andaman” (Thai: สยบอันดามัน), which aimed to take down a major drug trafficking network. Property and drugs were seized in the operation that took place between February 3rd to the 5th.

There were 47 people under investigation in the operation. In total there was 1,199 kilograms of ice / meth seized from a network that’s been named “Freedom Gang”. The network also set up an illegal online gambling operation in Songkhla province.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with the online gambling operation. Over 50 million baht was confiscated from them, which was also connected to the drug network. Two of the suspects arrested, Mr. Golf Sanguan and his sister Grace, were both children of a former politician in Songhkla.

Property seized in the “Defeating Andaman” operation included real estate, vehicles, and cash in bank accounts. It’s estimated that 2 billion baht had been transacted by the gang in the past year, and over 10 billion baht in the past 5 years.

The operation was due to the expansion of busting small drug dealers in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The investigation extended through financial records that lead to bigger players.

One suspect in Narathiwat, a police officer from the Chao-i Rong police station, was arrested for drug dealing as well.

NOTE: I found another article that said the online gambling operation was the method used by the drug network to launder the money.

Video of press conference:

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My take: Many of the big drug network busts that have happened over the past year take place after small dealers are taken down and investigators go through financial records to find bigger players.

It seems to be an effective strategy by the Royal Thai Police and something I will take note of in future reports.

Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/823623

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