Police sting nabs driver for alleged drug kingpin

A suspected delivery driver for an alleged drug-dealing kingpin has been arrested in a police sting.

Officers said they seized 102,600 speed pills and three kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, worth nearly 40 million baht.

Ratapol Roongrangsri, 25, was nabbed on Wednesday at Ratchadaphisek Soi 32 in Chatuchak district after a police agent contacted an alleged drug trafficker identified as “Yai” to buy 10,000 speed pills. Mr Ratapol was instructed to deliver the drugs to the area, Provincial Police Region 1 chief Krisada Pankongchuen said yesterday.

“Yai” was not aware of the sting. He had earlier sold 6,000 speed pills to the police. Mr Ratapol, who delivered the drugs in the two sales, admitted he kept more drugs at his apartment in Chatuchak and at a house in Pathum Thani’s Nong Sua district.

Police quickly moved to seize the drugs. Police also confiscated Mr Ratapol’s two mobile phones and a pickup truck.

Mr Ratapol said he did not know the real name of “Yai” but said he is Thai and lives in Burma.

Mr Ratapol told police he was a former worker at a disco club in Songkhla and had been introduced to “Yai” and another man he referred to as “Aod”.

Police said Mr Ratapol agreed to work for them by sending speed pills and crystal methamphetamine (ice) to customers.

The drugs are transported from Chiang Rai and temporarily stored at the house in Pathum Thani, Mr Ratapol told police.

Then, “Yai” called him to deliver drugs to customers for 50,000 baht a trip, he said. He said he had done the job three times before his arrest.

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