3 police volunteers arrested for selling seized drugs

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Three police volunteers have been arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamines they seized from drug suspects stopped at illegal roadside checkpoints.

Banglamung police apprehended Somyos Jessana, 31; Suriya Hongsam, 28; and Bunkitti Rattanasin, 43; March 28 in possession of 12.3 g. of crystal methamphetamines and three mobile phones.

Banglamung police used a sting operation to catch police volunteers Somyos Jessana, Suriya Hongsam, and Bunkitti Rattanasin selling drugs.Banglamung police used a sting operation to catch police volunteers Somyos Jessana, Suriya Hongsam, and Bunkitti Rattanasin selling drugs.

The trio worked as traffic volunteers out of Nongprue Police Station. They allegedly collected drugs from youths they stopped at checkpoints, then delivered them to customers in front of a Naklua futsal field.

Police said the volunteers confessed to erecting a checkpoint on Soi Khao Noi without permission. Real police discovered the plot, however, and sent an undercover informant with drugs through their checkpoint March 27. Officers then followed the three until they tried to sell it.

The three were charged with possession of Class 1 narcotics with intent to distribute.