Probe in Xaysana drug syndicate deepens

The investigation into the Laotian drug lord Xaysana narcotic syndicate deepens after a suspect wanted by Thai narcotic police was arrested in Malaysia with bomb-making materials.

Narcotic Suppression Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongwisaisook said Malaysian police have arrested a suspect identified by Thai security as Sainudin with bomb making materials.

He said Sainudin is a suspect wanted for involvement in the Laotian drug lord's operations.

He said narcotic suppression police found him responsible for bringing in drugs through the northern border of Thailand and transporting them into Malaysia.

He owns more than 30 million baht in assets in Thailand.

Sainudin has had previous dealings with Usman Salaiman � a notorious terrorist and drug lord operating in the southern province of Thailand in the past and was suspected of being critical in providing funds to finance southern insurgents, he said.

Meanwhile in the investigation into the background of the Lamborghini sports car owned by Benz Racing, Nattawat Huangmanee, otherwise known as 'Buno', the owner of the Buno Auto Clinic second-hand car dealership located on Rama 3 Road, reported to authorities yesterday for questioning.

He turned up in response to summons to give information related to a Lamborghini sports car registered under Kor Jor 51 Bangkok license plate that was bought by 'Benz Racing' or Akarakit Worarojchroendet, a well-known car racer.

Authorities questioned Mr. Nattawat for about 2 hours after which he answered a few questions and left immediately without giving interview to the media.

Nattawat or Buno is the second key witness who has reported to authorities after Phai Lik or 'Phai One-Point', a son of former Pheu Thai MP arrived yesterday in response to summons.

Only one other key witness has yet to respond to summons is Ms. Thayarat Wiradej, the owner of a Volkswagen automobile with the same registration as the Lamborghini owned by 'Benz Racing'.

Authorities are also preparing to move three other luxurious automobiles seized from the Xaysana drug syndicate to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau for inspection.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)