Pattaya and Chonburi police arrested the mother of a drug-dealing former police officer on charges of selling an M-16 machine gun to a purported hitman.
Parkong Kamdee, 50, was taken into custody near her Soi Mabyailia home June 23. Police said she is the mother of an unnamed police officer currently behind bars at Nong Plailai Prison for possession of 600 methamphetamine tablets and 4 g. of ya ice. Investigators accuse her of being a weapons dealer.
Parkong Kamdee has been charged with illegal weapons possession and carrying a loaded gun into a public place.
An undercover officer contacted Prakong under the pretense of being a hitman. After agreeing to a sale price of 25,000 baht, they agreed to meet in front of Rattanakorn Village 3 for delivery.
Police said Prakon arrived with the rifle rolled up in a mat. Two magazines containing 28 bullets were also inside.
Deputy Chonburi commander Col. Theerapol Jandaluang said the woman claimed the gun belonged to her imprisoned son and she was only selling it because she was broke. She said she needed cash to help her former police officer son.
Police sent the weapon to the Forensics Institute to determine if it had been used in any crimes. She was charged with illegal weapons possession and carrying a loaded gun into a public place.