Sattahip man arrested for selling AK-47 online to cover gambling debts

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A Sattahip man plagued with gambling debts has been arrested for allegedly selling an assault rifle on an Internet message board.

Worawut Langlorm (seated) points to the AK-47 he tried to sell over the Internet. Worawut Langlorm (seated) points to the AK-47 he tried to sell over the Internet.

Worawut Langlorm, 25, was apprehended by undercover officers carrying the AK-47 at the King Rama VI Monument in Sattahip Nov. 11. Officers had staged a buy for the gun and arrested Worawut when he allegedly arrived to deliver the weapon.

Col. Somchai Suntawanik, Superintendent at the Sattahip Police Station, said the gun had been advertised for 20,000 baht on the now-closed Yimhwan discussion forum.

Worawut confessed to police he’d purchased the AK-47 and a handgun from a friend in Bangkok and put them up for sale. The handgun, he said, had already been sold. He told police he needed the money to repay bookies for football gambling debts and that he feared for his life.