Drug-dealing suspect escapes Pattaya police jail

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A Sriracha ex-convict arrested for dealing crystal methamphetamines as part of a Chonburi Prison-based drug network is free again after escaping from Pattaya Police Station.

Chaiyaporn Thaicharoen, 36, was apprehended May 14 as he arrived at a Third Road bar, allegedly to deliver drugs to a customer. Police found 47.7 g. of ya ice and a loaded gun in his Toyota Camry.

Chaiyaporn said he returned to crime to pay off gambling debts and support his infant child.Chaiyaporn said he returned to crime to pay off gambling debts and support his infant child.

Hours later, however, Chaiyaporn escaped custody while Sen. Sgt. Maj. Rungphet Champi was jailing prisoners on the police station’s second floor. As of press time, he still had not been recaptured.

Unsure whether Rungphet intentionally aided Chaiyaporn’s escape, Pattaya’s acting police superintendent suspended the officer and filed criminal charges of recklessness leading to a prisoner’s escape against him.

Chaiyaporn had been released from Chonburi Prison less than a year ago and police said he’d confessed to dealing drugs for a convicted dealer held there. He said he returned to crime to pay off gambling debts and support his infant child.