Inmates bury phones, drugs to avoid inspections

May 19, 2012

Inmates at Nakhon Si Thammarat Central Prison have been found burying mobile phones and a large amount of drugs to beat inspections.

In the latest raid under the state crackdown on the drug trade behind bars, officials dug into the ground and found prohibited items ranging from 8,600 speed pills and 1.8kg of ya ice to four mobile phones and accessories.

Corrections Department chief Suchart Wong-anantchai, who inspected the prison yesterday, vowed to continue the crackdown to “make all prisons white”, or free from drugs.

Earlier, hundreds of mobile phones and drugs were seized from inmates during raids on the prison late last month.

Meanwhile, probe panels have been set up to conduct investigations into prohibited items hidden in Bang Kwang Central Prison in Nonthaburi after officials found TV sets, DVD players, MP3 and MP4 players and materials used in gambling in a recent raid.

In another related development, police have arrested two women who hid mobile phones in their vaginas in a bid to secretly smuggle them to an inmate at Khao Bin Prison in Ratchaburi.

A scanner at the prison detected two mobile phones, covered with condoms, in Narueson Kaewchai, 24, and one in Boonchuay Atthatham, 48.

Police also arrested another two suspects – Chadanit Somsri, 41, and Chali Sanochamnong, 30, Ms Boonchuay’s son, who appeared at the prison along with the first two suspects. Ms Chadanit told police she was contacted by an inmate identified as Nueng to tell his former wife, Narueson, and Ms Boonchuay, the mother of inmate Chaliew Sanochamnong, to bring him the mobile phones. He was to sell them for 400,000 baht each and give her 70,000 baht.

Police also found the four suspects possessed 1.1g of ya ice.

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