Man caught with cache of weapons

Man caught with cache of weapons

LAMPHUN: A man was arrested following the seizure of several war weapons as well as ammunition worth more than 1 million baht from his house in Muang district yesterday morning.

A joint team of police and soldiers searched the house in tambon Sribuaban and found many firearms hidden inside.

They included a 9mm submachine gun with two magazines holding 23 rounds of bullets, five hand grenades, two recoilless rifles, five grenades, eight sticks of dynamite, two M47 magazines, two M16 magazines and other ammunition, said police.

Also seized were two chainsaws and 20 sheets of restricted Pradu lumber.

According to police, Prachan Jawana claimed to be owner of the house. He often shot guns in the house compound.

He said he owned only the submachine gun, but denied any knowledge of the other firearms. Police were not convinced by his account.

The man has been charged with illegal possession of war weapons and explosives. A charge of having Pradu lumber more than 0.20 cubic metres was also pressed against him.

He was being held in custody at Muang district police station pending further legal action.

The seized items said to be worth more than one million baht, were also displayed at a media briefing at the station yesterday morning.

Attending were Lamphun governor Atthasit Samphantharat, Col Bannnawat Prommachan, deputy commander of the Lamphun-based task force to maintain peace and order, and other senior officers.

Authorities said the investigation was being extended to find out the source of the weapons.