Sattahip and naval drug-enforcement officers said they’ve smashed a drug-dealing network run by an ex-convict recently released from Chonburi Prison.
Officers arrested six people, including alleged kingpin Phai Phomsawaree, 24, released on parole several months ago after being sentenced to five years in prison for drug dealing. He was captured with 80 methamphetamine tablets.
The “M-Bang” gang, allegedly led by Phai Phomsawaree (striped shirt), has been brought down by police.
Also apprehended were Thawatchai Upapong, 19, with 43 ya ba pills; Anu Buniem, 33, with 22 pills; Chaiyut Samritsittisuk, 21, with 20 ya ba tablets; five-month-pregnant Namfon Jansaen, 27, with 18 ya ba pills, and Sirachai Laowongsree 18, with 17 capsules. All were charged with possession of a Category 1 narcotic.
The Phai Taothan drug ring has been operating in the Taothan both during and after Phai’s incarceration, police said. Called by locals the “M-Bang” gang, the group is now said to be out of business.