ONCB claims Ms Preeyanut has connection with drug trafficking gang

One key suspect in the grisly murder of a Khon Kaen bar girl were connected with a transnational drug trafficking gang, according to the Office of the Narcotics Board (ONCB).

Citing secret investigating report, ONCB secretary-general Sirinya Sitthichai said Wednesday that the suspect, Ms Preeyanut Prew Nonewangchai, was connected with a transnational drug trafficking gang although there are no clear evidence yet to arrest her.

Nevertheless, he said investigators would look deeper into her money trail to find the evidence to substantiate the connection and would coordinate with their Burmese counterpart.

He noted that the ONCB's investigation would be separated from the police which would focus on the murder and concealing of evidence charges.

Ms Preeyanut and four other suspects are held in police custody on charges of murdering Ms Warisara Klinjuey, also a karaoke bar girl, and dismembering her body to conceal the evidence.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)