These past months have been hard for many, so much so that a respected screen actor’s son returned to a life of crime – according to the police.
The Narcotics Suppression Bureau today said Jitraboon Pichienpak, the adult son of veteran actor Anusorn Dechapunya was busted for operating an online drug distribution ring, told them he started dealing meth because he couldn’t find anything else to sell.
Jitraboon, 37, along with four other suspects were collared in a Monday raid on their headquarters just across the river near MRT Sai Ma in Nonthaburi.
Gen. Chinnaphat Sarasin said the network sold drugs over Twitter and Line and sent the goods via private courier companies.
Chinnaphat said officers first searched a car belonging to one of Jitraboon’s dealers, 24-year-old Pongsathon Moonmong, in which they found 2.33 grams of meth. That led them to a nearby house where they recovered more evidence and arrested the rest.
The bureau said it discovered 3,000 speed capsules, 200 grams of crystal meth, two cars, a semi-automatic pistol with five bullets, and financial documents.
Jitraboon, who was convicted five years ago of a THB100 million fraud scheme, said he began operating the online channels several months ago because it was difficult to sell other things. He said he could sell drugs five to eight people a day, and insisted his father knew nothing of his activities. Police said they have not found evidence he was supplying drugs to figures in the entertainment industry.
His father Anusorn is best known for appearing in dozens of television dramas over the years and has several big screen credits including 2017’s Haunted Drum.
The bureau this morning did not specify what charges Jitraboon faced and could not be reached for contact as of publication time.