Three agencies probe drug link to former Thai politician’s son

Police doubtful over Akarakit’s claim he bought lamborghini

THREE KEY agencies will discuss today possible links between an alleged Lao drug lord and Thai celebrities, including the son of a former famous politician. 

“If the ongoing investigation delivers sufficient evidence, we will immediately take action. We will consider what we have now in our hands at our upcoming meeting,” Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NBS) deputy chief Pol Maj-General Pornchai Charoenwong said yesterday. 

Officials from the Office of Police Forensic Science examine the Lamborghini linked to ‘Benz Racing’ and alleged Laotian ‘drug lord’ Xaysana Keopimpha.

He was referring to the meeting of the NBS, the Office of Narcotics Control Board and the Anti-Money Laundering Office that will start at 10am today. 

The meeting will focus on the alleged drugs-trafficking network of Xaysana Keopimpha, a high-profile Lao man who was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport last month.

Police believe Xaysana must have had an extensive network involving many members of Thailand’s so-called “high society” assisting him with money laundering and asset concealment. 

Portraying himself as a rich and well-connected man from Laos, Xaysana cultivated relations with many prominent Thai figures at parties he hosted in the Kingdom. 

Famous big-bike racer Akarakit Worarojcharoendet, in glasses, better known as “Benz Racing”, reports to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau yesterday after being implicated in the alleged drug trafficking network of high-profile Laotian Xaysana.

Last Thursday, police searched the home and car-accessory shop of famous motorcycle racer Akarakit Worarojcharoendet, better known “Benz Racing”, on suspicion that he might have been affiliated with the alleged drugs network. 

Akarakit, who is married to actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul, was not present during the search. 

He turned himself in to the NSB last Friday claiming that he did not personally know Xaysana. He told police that he had borrowed Bt6 million from Nattapon Nakkam, who is now in police detention for allegedly facilitating Xaysana’s drug deals.

“We have still had some doubts as to whether the loan really took place,” Pornchai said, adding that Akarakit did not have sufficient evidence to back his claim. 

Pornchai said police would probably summon Akarakit for questioning again. 

‘Benz Racing’ surrenders to police over drug kingpin case

Akarakit’s car-accessory shop was closed yesterday while residents in the area said they had not seen the bike-racing star since the scandal broke. 

Pornchai said assets of drug traffickers would be confiscated, and available records showed Xaysana’s alleged network had huge assets. 

Police suspect that Akarakit’s Lamborghini Gallardo SuperLeggera, which is worth more than Bt20 million, might actually belong to Xaysana. 

Akarakit had said he bought the sports car using his own money and the Bt6 million that he had borrowed from Nattapon. 

Source: TheNation / ThePhuketNews

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