4 arrested, 1,000 ya ba pills seized

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Banglamung police arrested four men and seized 1,000 methamphetamine tablets after investigating a truck with the wrong license plate.

Saksit Jongsatiern, 31, Somkiet Rattanarak, 24, Supachai Waisantieya, 23, and Teeranai Kleebkomut, 27, were apprehended in two separate arrests Dec. 28. Officers confiscated 1,000 ya ba pills, a gram of crystal meth, a 22mm pistol and ammunition.

The arrests came after a patrol officers potted an old Toyota pickup truck with a red-lettered license reserved for new cars parked near the Baan Pongsaket police box on Highway 331 in Takhiantia.

Saksit Jongsatiern, Somkiet Rattanarak, Supachai Waisantieya, and Teeranai Kleebkomut have been arrested on drugs and weapons charges.Saksit Jongsatiern, Somkiet Rattanarak, Supachai Waisantieya, and Teeranai Kleebkomut have been arrested on drugs and weapons charges.

As the officer approached the car, Saksit jumped out and ran away. He was captured about two kilometers away.

A subsequent search of his Toyota uncovered 400 ya ba tablets.

Under questioning, Saksit admitted he was waiting to deliver the pills to a customer, but he was not alone in the operation, police said.

Authorities convinced their suspect to set up a sting operation on his three alleged cohorts. Police were lying in wait near Mabprachan Lake when Somkiet, Supachai and Teeranai showed up with an additional 600 speed pills, the ya ice and loaded gun.