A former Chonburi elected official was arrested for allegedly operating a large methamphetamine-dealing network on behalf of a Chonburi Prison inmate.
Nattanant Rattanaweerakan, the former deputy chief of the Nong Hiang Sub-district in Phanat Nikhom, was captured with 200 ya ba tablets April 8 in a sting operation by Pattaya police in Takientia. A search of her Bowin, Sriracha apartment found another 14,000 pills.
Nattanant Rattanaweerakan sobbed when Pol. Col. Suwan Chiewnawinthawat, superintendent of Pattaya station brought her out for the press.
Police said the 44-year-old Nattanant confessed to working for an inmate identified only as “Mekh.” She said she began work for the imprisoned drug dealer after voters rejected her in the latest Chonburi local elections. She said she needed the money to pay off campaign expenses and support her sick mother.