‘Drug ad­dict’ teen shot dead in Nakhon Si Tham­marat

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter an al­leged drug ad­dict and gang mem­ber was shot dead at his house in Nakhon Si Tham­marat prov­ince on Wed­nes­day night.

The Si Chon dis­trict po­lice, called to the scene at 9pm, found Sarawut Wichaikul, 19, with gun­shot wounds to the left eye and fore­head in his bed­room at his mother’s house.

They also found three zip-lock bags of crys­tal meth (“ice”) to­gether weigh­ing five grams and a pipe for smok­ing the drug.

The dis­trict’s po­lice chief said Sarawut was sus­pected of be­ing in­volved with a drug gang, and that teenagers vis­ited him at the house on a daily ba­sis.

Po­lice sus­pect the mur­der stemmed from a drugs-re­lated dis­pute. im­me­di­ately warned them to stay put as they were close to an 80-me­tre precipice and could eas­ily fall.

Res­cuers then dis­patched four-wheel pick­ups. The trucks drove four kilo­me­tres from a forestry check­point and res­cuers then walked 800 me­tres to reach the stu­dents.

Plucked from the for­est to the safety of the tourism of­fice, mem­bers of the group cheered, cried and hugged of­fi­cials in ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Su­pakorn said the Huay Tueng Tao Reser­voir nor­mally closes at 6pm, when of­fi­cials check whether all vis­i­tors have re­turned from the for­est. But the ex­change stu­dents had gone off on their own without in­form­ing au­thor­i­ties first, so of­fi­cials had no idea they were there un­til they called the tourist po­lice.

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