Suspected major drug dealer arrested, Bt100 mln assets seized

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BANGKOK, June 4 – Thai police raided a house in suburban Bangkok and arrested a man today on charge of drug trafficking after a manhunt of nearly six years.

Narcotics Control Board police apprehended Chatri (alias Ban) Sridit at a house-turned-office of Patrin Logistics Co in Nong Chok district and seized a number of vehicles including 12 trucks believed used to transport drugs, and a title deed for a tract of land worth more than Bt100 million in total.

The three-storey house is located on land of more than two rai (about 1 acre), police said.

Police said the suspect had been on an arrest warrant since July 9, 2007, on charges of methamphetamine trafficking. A search at his residence in 2006 found 9,000 meth pills in his possession but Mr Chatri escaped.

According to evidence, the suspect smuggled meth pills from the North and distributed them to various communities in Bangkok including Klong Toey, Rom Klao and Suwintawong, police said.

In 2007, police arrested Mr Chatri’s colleague, identified as Sanan Sae-Ung, and seized 11,000 meth pills. Mr Chatri fled the scene.