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Seven held in gun factory raid

THAILAND: Following a tip-off, Phang-nga Town police raided three row houses on Monday (September 17) and arrested seven young people on a slew of charges including bomb and gun manufacture, possession of illicit drugs and possession of stolen goods.

Thursday 20 September 2012, 02:38PM

Led by provincial police commander Pol Maj Gen Apiraks Hongtong, police first visited a house at 38/6 Tambon Pakor, Moo 2 in Meuang district, where they found four young men reportedly consuming kratom leaves.

The four, Chairat Jamnaimeuang, 18, from Phang-nga, Ratapol Rakwongs, 18, of Udon Thani; and two minors aged 17 and 13 were arrested for possession of a Schedule 5 restricted substance. Police seized 170 kratom leaves; 400 grammes of kratom by-products (the remains after boiling); and a stainless steel pot.

A home-made bomb with fuse was discovered by police as Chairat was additionally charged with “unauthorised making, buying, possessing, ordering, importing selling or otherwise vending explosives.”

Also found in the house were 180 raw latex mats which the group admitted stealing and which they intended to sell. Police seized the latex and, for good measure, a motorcycle with no licence plate.

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The officers then went next door and seized a home-made pen-gun; five .22-calibre bullets; and a green and brown hand-bag. They arrested three more people on weapons charges: Yanasilp Bunkanont, 23, and Kriengsak Koompai, 20, both from Phang Nga, and Miss Sataporn Boonlong, 22, of Phuket Town.

They then went to a third house in the row with Sataporn and Yanasilp, and there uncovered a mould for bullets; two more for guns; eight shell casings for 9mm, .38- and .22-calibre bullets; and various other tools and materials for home manufacture of guns and ammunition.

The pair received additional charges of “unauthorised repair, re-design, purchase, possession, ordering, or importing firearms or explosives”.

The seven suspects were taken to Phang-nga Police HQ for booking. –Source: Siang Tai

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