Ex-cop held for selling drug cocktail

Thousands of bottles of cough syrup and 180kg of kratom leaves seized from the house of a former police senior sergeant-major in Hat Yai, Songkhla on Thursday. (Photo by Aswin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: A former policeman was held and about 2,500 bottles of cough syrup and 180kg of fresh kratom leaves - frequently mixed to make a drug cocktail - seized from his house in Hat Yai district on Thursday.

Narcotics suppression officers and local police, armed with a court warrant, searched the house on Rat-uthit Road in Hat Yai municipal area. They also seized a loaded 9mm pistol as evidence.

House owner Jirapong Puangkaew, 44, a former senior sergeant-major at Hat Yai police station, was arrested. He was dismissed from the police force last year.

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