5 arrested, military weapons seized as police refused huge bribe to break up Rayong gang

Friday, 30 December 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 52 By  Patcharapol Panrak

Five people were arrested and an arsenal of military-grade weapons seized after Region 2 police reportedly passed up a 1 million baht bribe and broke up a gang suspected of dealing drugs and death at Rayong Prison.

Amnart “Q” Dulakanit, 25, Pairot “Berm Boy George” Ngernbukol, 28, another man known only as Tangkuay, and Kingkan Saengrak, 24, were captured by a team of officers Dec. 14.

Police bring out for the media a gang suspected of dealing drugs and death at Rayong Prison. Police bring out for the media a gang suspected of dealing drugs and death at Rayong Prison.

Police confiscated 11 grenades, a Thompson submachine gun, two shotguns, a 22-caliber rifle, three semi-automatic pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. About 2.5 g. of crystal methamphetamines, eight ya ba tablets and two trucks were also seized.

Pol. Col. Prakat Pongpanit, superintendent of Rayong’s Pluak-Daeng Police Station, said the gang members allegedly smuggled drugs into Rayong Prison and acted as enforcers for incarcerated dealers, sometimes killing those on the outside who owed money.

The gang had a large amount of cash at its disposal and apparently believed its members’ freedom could be bought by bribing local police.

Shortly after the arrest of the four men, Kingkan allegedly contacted provincial police station investigator Pol. Maj. Col. Pichit Fuensaen and offered a 1 million baht bribe to have the gang members released and the evidence lost.

Pichit led Kingkan to believe he would take the bribe, having her transfer 900,000 baht into his bank account and delivering 100,000 baht in person. She was arrested when she showed up with the cash.

The suspects were charged with various drug possession and dealing offenses, illegal weapons possession and attempted bribery. Meanwhile, Region 2 police are working with the Rayong Prison warden to determine the inmates issuing orders to the arrested gang members.

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