Police widen 'Mr X' drug trafficking probe

Xaysana ring sweep nets 4 more suspects

Police took 30 million baht in cash and another 20 million baht worth of homes, cars, gold and jewellery when they arrested the four suspects. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

Authorities have widened their probe into an international drug syndicate, arresting a Taiwanese, a Malaysian and two Thai women for alleged involvement in transnational drug trafficking connected with Lao drug kingpin suspect Xaysana Keopimpha.

The arrests were announced at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) yesterday. The event was attended by ONCB secretary-general Sirinya Sitdhichai, Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) chief Sommai Kongwisaisuk and his deputy Suphakij Srichannont.

The suspects were identified as Hsu Cheng-Mi, a 69-year-old Taiwanese, Tun Hun Seong from Malaysia, and two Thai women -- Wiparat Kandee, 50, and Walaipan Petpong, 65.

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