Highway police officer denies drug involvement

A highway police officer whose wife was arrested on illicit drug trafficking charge has denied involving with his wife’s illegal activity.

The officer, Pol Lt-Col Thanakrit Nitsaphan, an inquiry inspector attached to the Highways Police sub-division 8, is, however detained for alleged involvement in illicit drug trafficking and dismissed from police service pending investigation.

He was earlier ordered arrested by the Criminal Court after police arrested his Common Law wife, Ms Thip-arpa Raksasaeng, at their house in Pathum Thani on Tuesday (Jan 16).  

The search of the houses in Pathum Thani and in Udon Thani revealed several authentic and fake car license plates and a modified car for use in the delivery of drugs.

The arrest of the Ms Thip-arpa and Pol Lt-Col Thanakit followed police extensive investigation after the seizure of more than 500 kgs of marijuana in Songkhla in December last year.  The probe led to the exposure of Ms Thip-arpa as an alleged member of a drug syndicate, led by Laotian Xaysana Keopimpha who was arrested about a year ago.

Pol Lt-Gen Thitiraj Nhongharnpitak, commissioner of Central Investigation Bureau, said Thursday that Pol Lt-Col Thanakrit denied any knowledge or involvement in illicit drug trafficking.

Pol-Lt Col Thanakrit said he never knew that his wife was involving with drug trafficking.

But Pol Lt-Gen Sommai Kongwisaisook, commissioner of Narcotics Suppression Bureau, claimed that the highway police officer was the key player in the drug trade, making and changing car license plates to avoid detection.