CityNews – Police Region 5 held a press conference May 1st after they arrested seven Chiang Mai students aged 19 – 23 years oldwho have been accused of distributing amphetamines using the social media phenomenon Facebook and the phone app Line.
The arrested are: Chonthawat Plangwong, Thongchai Piyapap, Mattawan Ganjina, Pimpatu Boonta, Piyabut Lekha, Wutthichai Kayan, Or-Anong Inta, Yutthapong Pawawet and Natkit Kam-un.
Police say they were aware Facebook was being used to distribute drugs after they arrested two men, Chonthawat, Thongchai, and Mattawan, in front of Suanprung Psychiatric Hospital with 125 amphetamine pills on May 1st. The men told police about the social media gang of dealers and police subsequently moved to arrest the others. In total 555 pills were found.
Police Colonel Chamnan Ruadreaw, the deputy commander of Police Region 5, told the press drugs in Chiang Mai were popular among young students. He added that parents should keep a close eye on kids, and promised that they would keep arresting dealers.