Suspected drug dealer arrested for shooting death of gang leader

Friday, 30 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 13 By  Boonlua Chatree

A suspected drug dealer has been arrested in the shooting death of a Naklua gang leader.

Viroj Yuusabai, 47, was apprehended by Banglamung Police March 19, a day after 25-year-old Anuwath Nilpothong was gunned down after midnight in a wooded area on Soi Nongyai 3.

Viroj is accused of hiding in the jungle until Anuwath came by, then firing eight shots, hitting him 5-6 times in the chest as he sat on a Honda Wave motorbike. He later died at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

Upon arrest, Viroj failed a drug test and was booked on drug charges whilst police compile evidence to charge him with Anuwath’s death. Upon arrest, Viroj failed a drug test and was booked on drug charges whilst police compile evidence to charge him with Anuwath’s death.

Police said witnesses reported that Anuwath had two days earlier transferred 100,000 baht to Viroj’s bank account for a purchase of methamphetamine tablets. Viroj, however, couldn’t deliver and the Naklua gang leader angrily demanded his money back. When no refund was offered, a gun fight was threatened. Viroj allegedly stuck first.

Upon arrest, Viroj failed a drug test, said police, who booked him initially on just the drug charge as they compile evidence to charge him with Anuwath’s death.

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