2 arrested for alleged drug purchase tied to Chonburi inmate

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Pattaya police have arrested two men who allegedly purchased 4,000 methamphetamine tablets from a dealer locked up in Chonburi Prison.

Phuwanat Pakdee and Prakobchai Fuangma have been arrested for possession of 4,000 methamphetamine tablets. Phuwanat Pakdee and Prakobchai Fuangma have been arrested for possession of 4,000 methamphetamine tablets.

Phuwanat Pakdee, 47, of Sriracha, and Prakobchai Fuangma, 37, of Takhiantia, were apprehended Nov. 8 retrieving a package of ya ba pills from a power pole in front of Chaweewan Inter Co., Ltd. in Chonburi.  The men confessed they’d paid 410,000 baht to a Chonburi inmate they knew only as “Pee Pang.”

Like most large drug transactions, the buyers had never met the dealer, instead transferring money to a bank account and picking up their package from a telephone pole, garbage bin, phone booth or other public place.

The arrests come after Lt. Gen. Tha-ngai Pratsajaksattru, commander of the Provincial Police in Region 2, ordered a crackdown on ya ba dealing tied to large-scale dealers already in prison.