Thai lawyer who earned degree behind bars nabbed with 25kg of 'ice'

Thai lawyer who earned degree behind bars nabbed with 25kg of 'ice'

A former drug convict, who obtained a law degree behind bars and became a legal adviser for inmates while serving 19 years, was arrested in Chumphon for transporting 25kg of crystal meth to Hat Yai in Songkhla, police said yesterday. Chaliew Khapanya, 50, and Somneuk Hiamhan, 48, were nabbed transporting the drug on Wednesday.

Police also arrested Malaysian national Liew Kok Yong, 41, who was reportedly waiting to receive the drug and deliver it to Malaysia.

Deputy national police chief General Pongsapat Pongcharoen said Chaliew had confessed to being hired by another man named Nguyen Wong to smuggle drugs four times previously. Each time he was paid Bt400,000 (S$15,600), which he split with Somneuk.

Pongsapat said that a person in Penang led the "ice" ring and that ice was in high demand because it sold for Bt1 million per kilo in Thailand and Bt10 million in Malaysia.

Police suspected this batch might be from the same network that was linked to the August 18 arrest of Chiang Mai cop Lt-Colonel Chamnan Poongpaichit along with the seizure of some 800,000 methamphetamine tablets and 1kg of ice.

Separately, police on Friday night arrested two men in Bueng Kan's Bueng Khong Long district as they were attempting to smuggle 200kg of dried marijuana to Bangkok.

The duo reportedly confessed to having done the same thing four times and were paid Bt130,000 per trip.

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