Taxi driver arrested for allegedly dealing drugs to pay off earlier drug conviction

Friday, 05 August 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 31 By  Boonlua Chatree

Police arrested a motorbike taxi driver allegedly peddling methamphetamines to pay off legal expenses for an earlier drug conviction.

Somphan Kumphanyaem, 37, was taken into custody the day after his birthday, on July 29, after allegedly selling two ya ba tablets to undercover officers outside PP Massage in central Pattaya.

Somphan took officers to his Soi Chalermprakiat apartment where they reportedly found an additional 72 speed pills, 1.83 g. of ya ice and paraphernalia. They also found gold necklaces and rings, 6,200 baht in cash, bank books showing transactions running into hundreds of thousands of baht and papers for upcoming court appearances.

Somphan Kumphanyaem (seated, left) will be going through the court process one more time after being caught, again, selling illicit drugs. Somphan Kumphanyaem (seated, left) will be going through the court process one more time after being caught, again, selling illicit drugs.

Somphan reportedly confessed that he’d been selling drugs while driving a motorbike taxi to pay back a lawyer who helped him after an earlier arrest for drug dealing.

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