An official of the Water Resources Department is facing abrupt dismissal after she was caught together with three other people with about 400,000 methamphitamine pills in a car.
The official, 33-year Ms Punyanuch Boonchit and three other individuals namely Mr Samai Oonjai, 40, Ms Benjaporn Limsuwan, 28, and 33-year old Mr Monchai Maneenop were in two cars – one Toyota Camry and a Nissan Teana – parked at the car park of Tesco Lotus in Hat Yai when border patrol policemen swooped in on them.
A search of the two cars uncovered 400,000 methamphitamine pills.
Mr Samai later told police during the interrogation there were more illicit drugs hidden at a safe house in Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani. Then the border policemen coordinated with the First Region provincial police and Thanyaburi police to conduct a search of the house which uncovered an addition of 656,000 methamphitamine pills.
Pol Cpt Somchai Khuadthong, narcotics police chief BPP 42nd subdivision, said that the major drug bust was the result of three-month investigation and surveillance of this drug gang until they got a tipoff that a substantial consignment of drugs would be delivered to the gang at the car park ofTesco Lotus’s Hat Yai branch.
He said that the gang would usually travel in two cars with one acting as a scout car. He added that Ms Punyanuch would travel in the other car and she would be the person who would use her status as an official ask police not to search their cars.
Meanwhile, Water Resources Department chief Mr Worasart Apaipong said he had been notified of Ms Punyanuch’s arrest by the police and would immediately order her dismissal from the service.