'Lao connection' to Mr X arrested

Sisouk Daoheuang was arrested in Luang Prabang on the weekend. Thai investigators will likely be given permission to interview him in Vientiane. (Photo via RFA)

The Narcotics Control Board (NCB) is preparing to question Lao celebrity Sisouk Daoheuang who was arrested last weekend by Lao authorities for alleged links to compatriot and drug kingpin suspect Xaysana "Mr X" Keopimpha.

Officials who detained Mr Sisouk in Luang Prabang on Saturday found no drugs in his possession but an ongoing investigation suggests the celebrity is suspected of having "conspired with others to trade drugs", NCB secretary-general Sirinya Sitthichai said yesterday.

His arrest follows collaboration between Thai and Lao drug officials. The Lao authorities were given information by their Thai counterparts which implicates Mr Sisouk in a drug network in connection with the two long-wanted Lao nationals arrested earlier - Mr Xaysana and Khonpasong Soukkaseum. Both are now in custody.

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