Bang Kwang prison’s commandant removed after some 10 cellphones were found in prison

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The commandant of Bang Kwang maximum security prison has been removed after police seized more than 10 cellphones from some prisoners who allegedly conducted drugs trade from the prison.

The removal of Mr Suraphol Kaewparadai was ordered by Mr Witthaya Suriyawong, director-general of Corrections Department, who appointed his deputy, Mr Ruangsak Suvaree, as acting commandant of the prison pending the appointment of a permanent replacement.

A fact-find committee was set up to investigate Mr Suraphol although he has tendered his resignation to be effective as of September.

Mr Suraphol’s removal stemmed from the police arrest of Mr Wutthichai Ontachan with 21 kgs of heroin worth about 50 million baht in Pathum Thani on January 23.

Wutthichai reportedly told police he was hired by a Mr O, a prisoner in Bang Kwang prison, to deliver the drug to customers in Pathum Thani, Chon Buri and Hat Yai in exchange for 500,000 baht in fees. Since then, police investigated drug network in the prison and launched a raid netting about 10 cellphones.