Stoned man tries to donate drugs to flood victims in Sattahip

Friday, 25 October 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By  Patcharapol Panrak

A man who was high on drugs somehow thought it was a good idea to donate methamphetamines to Sattahip officials trying to raise money for flood relief.

Flooding that began in mid-September has killed 61 people and affected 3.6 million people across Thailand.

Jakrit Mukpradap, 39, was arrested at Thepprasit Temple Oct. 14 while offering up 11 ya ba tablets for officials to sell themselves to generate funds for flood relief. His offer was not accepted.

He just wanted to help - Jakrit Mukpradap (center) was arrested for drug possession when trying to donate ya ba to the flood relief effort.He just wanted to help - Jakrit Mukpradap (center) was arrested for drug possession when trying to donate ya ba to the flood relief effort.

District Chief Phawat Lertmukda said Jakrit appeared intoxicated when he arrived at the temporary flood relief center. He even offered to sell the drugs himself for 3,000 baht and then donate the proceeds.

“Looking high, he showed the volunteers the drugs and told them, ‘I don’t have any money to donate. Will these do?’” Phawat said. “Little did he know that the volunteers were actually from a civil drug suppression task force.”

His home was later searched with police finding a 38-caliber handgun. Police said he admitted to having taken five pills before going to the temple.

While Jakrit’s heart may have been in the right place, the rest of his body is now behind bars on drug and weapons charges. He could face up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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