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Narathiwat drug bust nets suspected insurgency phone

A mobile phone belonging to one of three people arrested on drug charges in Narathiwat this week might have been used in carrying out insurgent attacks last year.


Sungai Padi district chief Rungruang Thimabutr on Friday morning announced the arrest of Na Jeh-alee, 45, Norma Taphud, 27, and Anusorn Jeh-isor, 21.

They were allegedly in possession of 1,494 methamphetamine pills and Bt145,440 in Thai, Malaysian and South Korean banknotes. The phone and a motorcycle were also seized.

Rungruang said Na was arrested carrying meth at 3pm on Wednesday at a checkpoint on the main road in Moo 1 village in Tambon Sungai Padi.

She allegedly admitted buying the meth from Assaming Sama-il to resell.

Officials had Na call Assaming to arrange another purchase and she was told to collect the drugs at Norma’s house. Anusorn was at the house when police and soldiers arrived and was arrested along with Norma.

Investigators believe Na’s phone was used during insurgent attacks last year in Sungai Padi and Sungai Kolok districts.

A search of Assaming’s house that evening turned up the cash. He was not home at the time and remains at large.


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