Min­istry launches drug-free prison drive

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL -

The Jus­tice Min­istry has launched a ‘‘White Prison’’ cam­paign aimed at mak­ing pris­ons na­tion­wide drug-free.

Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment chief Suchart Wong-anantchai yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted that only five out of 143 pris­ons across the coun­try have an­nounced they were ‘‘White Pris­ons’’, where in­mates have not been in­volved in drug deals and the smug­gling of mo­bile phones.

The five pris­ons are in Nakhon Sawan, Yala’s Betong dis­trict, Nan, Maha Sarakham, and Koh Samui in Su­rat Thani.

Pol Col Suchart said bud­get and per­son­nel con­straints were ma­jor ob­sta­cles in the depart­ment’s sup­pres­sion op­er­a­tions against il­licit drugs and the smug­gling of pro­hib­ited items into the pris­ons.

He said many pris­ons were de­signed only to pre­vent in­mates from es­cap­ing, not to pre­vent con­tra­band from en­ter­ing their grounds, but the depart­ment’s ef­forts to clean up jails would press on.

Mean­while, four peo­ple have been ar­rested af­ter a drug seizure in Phatthalun­g prov­ince.

Po­lice yes­ter­day raided a house in tam­bon Chaiburi in Muang dis­trict and found 800 speed pills and 22g of crys­tal metham­phetamine, or ya ice.

House owner Cham­rus Chaiyaket, 32, his wife Ar­porn Suwan­n­a­sit, 32, and Kha­chorn Promyanont, 26, were ar­rested. The cou­ple were al­legedly sell­ing drugs to Mr Kha­chorn at the time of the raid.

Po­lice also seized six mo­bile phones, two cars, one pickup truck and four mo­tor­cy­cles at the prop­erty.

Ear­lier, po­lice ar­rested Arnont Phetchot, 29, at a rented house in Phatthalun­g and seized 800 speed pills and around 5g of ya ice.

Po­lice say his con­fes­sion led to the ar­rest of the three peo­ple in tam­bon Chaiburi. Po­lice say Mr Cham­rus and Ms Ar­porn bought drugs from a drug in­mate at Phatthalun­g Cen­tral Prison.

The in­mate al­legedly asked drug net­work mem­bers out­side the prison to de­liver the nar­cotics.

Else­where, a man iden­ti­fied as Somyos Piy­athana­wong, 27, was caught af­ter po­lice seized 55,000 speed pills and 1.2kg of ya ice at a hous­ing es­tate in Bang Khunthian dis­trict of Bangkok yes­ter­day. A hand­gun and 31 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion were also seized.

Po­lice say Mr Somyos claimed the drugs be­longed to a drug in­mate iden­ti­fied only as Bor, who is serv­ing a jail term at Kh­long Prem Cen­tral Prison. He al­legedly told po­lice he was hired for 50,000 baht by Bor to de­liver the drugs.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Thailand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.