Suspected drug dealer, 7 users arrested in Huay Yai

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A Huay Yai man was arrested for allegedly running a seven-man drug-dealing operation out of his house and paying his employees in methamphetamines.

Khathawuth Phirompong, 31, and alleged partner Dumrong Bunsingh, 29, were taken into custody by Sattahip District Chief Phawat Lertmukda and National Command Center for Drugs officers June 4. Police seized 23 ya ba pills and 200 baht cash.

Police seem to be having fun cuffing suspected ya ba dealer Khathawuth Phirompong.Police seem to be having fun cuffing suspected ya ba dealer Khathawuth Phirompong.

Investigators subsequently arrested Ritkrai Thumwong, 19, Luekrai Phudphong, 29, Thawatchai Deeduangphan, 29, Aphicart Kewratyaeng, 29, Wannarong Nantho, 33, Somrat Thupkruab, 37, and Suphachai Khangkhum, 47, on drug use charges after all failed urine tests.

Police had sent an undercover officer to the Huay Yai house to buy five methamphetamine tablets. Police sprung into action once money was exchanged.

Police said Khathawuth confessed to buying drugs to resell from a prison inmate Dumrong knew. The seven drug suspects, all employees, said they were paid with one ya ba tablet a day.