Cops catch drug gangster tied to Chon Buri bust
Police arrested a suspected member of a transnational drug network who was behind smuggling heroin at Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri on July 5.
The suspect, Anont Aonaium, was arrested Thursday in the Noen Maprang district of Phitsanulok, while his father, Aek Aonaium, another suspected member of the network, is still at large, according to the Office of the Narcotics Control Board. (ONCB).
ONCB General Secretary Wichai Chaimongkhon said yesterday that police were able to arrest Mr. Anont after a clue provided by suspect Tukta Boonbanlu, who was arrested immediately after police seized heroin hidden in 314 kg of paint buckets en route to Australia on July 5.
Ms Tukta reportedly told police that Mr Aek ordered her to rent a warehouse in Pathum Thani and that Mr Anont gave her the money.
After the raid, he was told to move the rest of the heroine to Phitsanulok and Nong Khai provinces.
A joint ONCB, Phitsanulok Drug Law enforcement and Sai Yoi Police team raided a house in Noen Maprang District and seized buckets of paint.
Mr Anont was arrested on Thursday and charged with attempting to ship Type 1 narcotics out of the kingdom and possessing drugs with the intention of distributing them, Mr Wichai said.
The network has smuggled heroin and crystal ice several times into Taiwan and Australia, he said.
Police twice intercepted their smuggling attempts en route to Taiwan: 214 kg of heroin were hidden in frames on February 1 and 2 and another 75 kg in car parts on August 20.
“All clues indicate that these seized items belonged to the network,” he said.