Two people have been arrested in a crackdown on illegal online gun sales in Phuket.
The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau told the Phuket Express on May 29th, 2023, that over the past weekend the Cyber Guard police team received a tip–off that illegal guns were being sold via Facebook. Their investigations revealed the suspect’s location was in Kathu which led to two houses being raided.
Police raided the first house where they seized two rifles, 330 bullets, and various items used to make guns. Mr. Kreangkrai, 31, from Kalasin, was arrested. His last name was not released by police. He admitted to police that he bought some of the items from Lazada and bullets were bought from Facebook. He is facing charges for producing firearms and ammunition without permission and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Police raided the second house where they arrested a man only identified as Mr. Prasert, 26, from Sisaket. He tried to run when he saw the police but finally surrendered. Seized from him were rifles, bullets, and other items used to make guns. Prasert admitted to police that he sold the illegal guns via Facebook. He is facing charges of producing firearms and ammunition for sale without permission and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.