Banglamung police cuff 2 suspects in Chonburi Prison drug ring

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An arrest of an alleged minor drug dealer led to the apprehension of a much larger suspected supplier late last month.

Pursuing an informant’s tip, Banglamung Police captured Ekalak Chomsawat, 28, as he stood opposite the Bunthaworn shop on Sukhumvit Road in central Pattaya Dec. 27. Officers seized 1.2 g. of crystal methamphetamines from his pocket.

A subsequent search of Ekalak’s Nongprue apartment uncovered another 8 g. of ya ice, 188 ya ba tablets and a scale. Officers also arrested eight alleged drug users at the scene.

Police bring out the accused for the media. Police bring out the accused for the media.

Under interrogation, Ekalak confessed, police said, to buying the ya ice from Ekapol Thonghuad, 26, a recently released inmate from Chonburi Prison.

Police stormed Ekapol’s house behind the Thepprasit Market and captured him as he tried to flee out the back. Inside, police found 30 g. of ya ice.

Officers claim Ekapol confessed to dealing drugs, saying he purchased the crystal meth from Surasak Bunmachai, a current inmate at Chonburi Prison. Both Ekalak and Ekapol were charged with various drug offenses while their alleged incarcerated supplier is investigated.