Former actor and colleagues surrender to police

Former actor Weerachaisriwanik Wanukkul and two colleagues turned themselves into Saimai police yesterday (Dec 8) after they are wanted for posing as narcotic suppression officers in a raid on a garage and detaining its owner over drug allegations.

Weerachaisriwanik, 38, and his two colleagues Siwat Lamsri, 36, and Narongrit Thongpan, 30, turned themselves in to Saimai police at yesterday afternoon after the Minburi Provincial Court’s issued arrest warrants for them over charges of night-time intrusion involving firearms, posing as police officers, carrying guns in public without permission and illegal detention.

But the former actor claimed he was in detective business and was investigating a drug case.

The three suspects entered the garage of Nuttapong Jitsaguan, 26, allegedly handcuffed him and accused that he was involved in drug trafficking.

They searched his garage and office for drugs but couldn’t find it. After Nuttapong called his father who is an Air Force officer, the three armed men fled the scene.

Saimai police said another victim also came to lodge complaint with the police yesterday saying two of the three suspects were among four men who extorted him of 200,000 baht on November 3 showing arrest warrant in a case.

The victim said he had filed complaint of the extortion to Kannayao police in Bangkok.

Saimai police they are investigating if the two cases were linked to this gang of the former model.

Weerachai was said to be a model in 2000 before playing supporting roles in several television series and later aged from the entertainment limelight.