Well-known car racer Akarakit Worarojchroendet, alias Benz Racing, will be resummoned for questioning to clear his alleged connection with the Lao drug kingpin Xaysana Kaewpimpa particularly the Lamborghini sports car he owned, a senior police investigator said.
The new development of the case came after a meeting of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, and the Anti-Money Laundering Office yesterday.
Narcotics Suppression Bureau commissioner Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Chaorenwong said that at present investigators were involved in scrutinizing a great deal of documents involved in the case.
This included checking on how a number of luxurious and sports vehicles came to be in the possession of Benz Racing.
He stated that Benz Racing would definitely be summoned again following the completion of the investigative team's probe.
He also said as of the present what interested investigators most is the Lamborghini sports car registered under Kor Jor 51 license plate that is owned by Benz Racing.
The license number appeared to be the same as another car owned by a woman.
He said the police were asking the Land Transport Department to check on how two cars happened to have same license number.
Police investigators plan to invite the woman who owns the vehicle to come in for questioning.
Pol Maj Gen Pornchai also revealed that at present it was vital for Benz to present evidence to validate his claim that he had borrowed six million baht from Boy ,another major alleged Thai drug trafficker, to purchase the sports car. Boy was earlier arrested for drug charge.
In another development, the deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen, revealed that investigators were ordered to investigate a picture that was posted on social media showing three senior police officers posing next to notorious Laotian drug kingpin Xaysanna.
An official request has been sent to their respective departments for clarification and if any illegal connection is discovered, severe disciplinary action will be taken, he said.
Earlier police and anti-money laundering officials believe Benz, the husband of TV star Napapa Pat Tantrakul, might have had a connection with Mr Xaysana, who was believed to have laundered drug money by purchasing luxury cars.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)