Chonburi Police Arrest Alleged Drug Dealer, Seize Gun and 3kg of Meth

Chonburi —

Banglamung police arrested a suspected drug dealer on July 9th and confiscated 3 kilograms of methamphetamine and a firearm.

The arrest was spearheaded by the Superintendent of Banglamung Police Station Pol. Col. Navin Sinthurat, in collaboration with Chonburi administrative officials and anti-drug officers.

Authorities conducted a sting operation and arrested an alleged drug dealer named Mr. Saran Mankit, also known as “Mike,” 34, a resident of Kamphaeng Phet province. They seized 3 kilograms of methamphetamine and a homemade 9mm gun with six bullets in his possession. The arrest was made at Mr. Saran’s rental room in the Bueng sub-district, Sri Racha district, Chonburi province.

According to Pol. Col. Navin, undercover officers contacted the suspect to purchase 1 gram of meth for 500 baht. After the suspect handed the drug to an undercover officer, other officers moved in to arrest him and subsequently conducted a search of his residence.

Mr. Saran reportedly confessed to the charges. He admitted that he was hired by another unidentified person to store and sell the drugs. He typically received 4,000-5,000 baht per delivery.

Mr. Saran further claimed that he was forced to sell drugs because he needed to support his mother, who allegedly suffered recently from a stroke, and his 3-month-old child.

Banglamung police said Mr. Saran was also arrested in 2012 with 55 grams of meth. He was released from prison just three years ago.

The suspect is currently in police custody.

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