Policeman had gun, ya ice at rally

A police officer was caught with crystal methamphetamine, or ya ice, and a loaded pistol at the Ratchadamnoen anti-government rally site on Wednesday morning.

Police said a group of rally guards of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) detained Pol Sgt Pat Phetarwut and took him to Samran Rat police station, together with one gramme of crystal meth and one 9mm pistol. 

Pol Sgt Pat, a Public Relations Division officer, told investigators that his job was to oversee the Police Museum on nearby Ratchadamnoen Nok Road.

He had parked his motorcycle at the rally site and it was later hauled away by one of the PDRC guards. 

"When I asked the guards to return the vehicle and told them that I'm a police officer, the guards searched and assaulted me before bringing me to the police station," Pol Sgt Pat said.

He said he carried the pistol with him because he did not want to leave it at home and that he got the crystal meth from a friend.

Pongpan Sema, a PDRC guard, told police that Pol Sgt Pat threatened to draw his gun on some protesters and chased them. The guards then decided to detain and search him.

Pol Sgt Pat was given a urine test for drugs and the result was positive, police said.

He was charged with possession of drugs and drug abuse.

Previously, police arrested three PDRC guards on drug charges. The anti-government group then accused police of trying to link them with drugs.

Police then released photos of the drug suspects who allegedly admitted that they abused "4x100", an illegal mixture made by mixing kratom leaves and cough syrup, before joining the protest in Ratchadamnoen. The mixture is popular in the South.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 08/01/2014 at 06:34 PM
Not good. Just way too many hand guns in Bangkok, in the hands of alcohol/drugs/anger/unstable persons its death waiting to happen.
Discussion 2 : 08/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
A rotten apple can spoil the barrel. It doesn't matter if the apple is at the top or bottom.
Discussion 3 : 08/01/2014 at 05:58 PM
to the reporter of this article, why only post the pictures of the three students? what happened to the picture of the police officer caught with drugs and a loaded gun? Don't you think this is a bugger violation?
Discussion 4 : 08/01/2014 at 05:48 PM
The police keeps on slapping themselves in the face.
Discussion 5 : 08/01/2014 at 12:51 PM
The BIB protect their own, nothing will happen. Just a transfer.
Discussion 6 : 08/01/2014 at 11:47 AM
Yesterday,students were accused of doing drugs to encourage them to violence,by PTP officials. Today,a drugged-up police officer is caught with a loaded weapon and class A drugs in his possession at the rally site. Funny how things always turn out to be the complete opposite of what these pathetic PTP officials claim.
Discussion 7 : 08/01/2014 at 11:45 AM
We know that some police were armed, but glad this guy was caught.

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