Police crackdown on illicit drugs at Na Khon Si Thammarat prison


NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, April 22 – The police confiscated more than 1,700 methamphetamine pills and almost 300 mobile phones in a pre-dawn raid at Na Khon Si Thammarat prison.

The deputy director–general of the Corrections Department, Sophon Thitithammarak, and Nakhon Si Thammrat Governor Wirote Jiwarangsan told a news conference on Sunday that the early morning raid by 650 commandos and police officers at the prison found 280 mobile phones and tablets, 1,700 pills of methamphetamine and 50 grammes of crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, in the prison.

Ten sets of drug paraphernalia, gambling equipment, knives and 47,000 baht in cash were also seized.

Mr Sophon said he would propose Sunday’s operation to suppress illegal drugs and forbidden items in Nakhon Si Thammarat as a model for other prisons nationwide.

Meanwhile, Narong Yongnarongdejkul, head of Na Khon Si Thammarat prison, was transferred to an inactive post.

Pol Maj Gen Ronnapong Saikaew, commander of the provincial police station said about 10 officials are allegedly involved in the case and police are gathering evidence to seek arrest warrants for them, along with two inmates who were allegedly major drug traders at the prison.