The owner of a milk shop was arrested for selling powdered ketamine and a teenager from a nearby tattoo shop was taken for drug testing during raids on the two premises in Chon Buri’s Pattaya beach town in the early hours of Tuesday.
A team of police and Bang Lamung officials raided Show Nom shop, which sells milk and bread, in South Pattaya and found a man identified later as Supakit Chumpoo putting liquid Ketamine online store in a microwave oven to convert it to powder around 1 am on Tuesday, said Bang Lamung district chief Chakhon Kanchanawatta.
Four packs of powdered ketamine, 11 bottles of liquid ketamine, about 100 empty bottles, one ketamine pill and about 7,000 baht were seized from the shop.
Mr Supakit, owner of the shop, confessed he had bought liquid ketamine from a seller at a pub in South Pattaya for 1,300 baht a bottle. He then dried it in the microwave, Thai media reported on Tuesday.
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He inhaled ketamine powder whenever he went to a pub as it made him feel joyful, he told police. He was being held in police custody pending further legal action.
The officers later raided TimeLine shop, which provides tattoo services, in a nearby area, but found nothing illegal. However, shop owner Wiyakorn Sirikham, 19, was detained for drug testing.
The raids followed complaints that the two shops were selling ketamine to customers in Pattaya, said Mr Chakhon.
Milk shops are popular with young people.
Pornsit Jitramwong, an assistant Bang Lamung district chief who led the raid, said ketamine in powdered form was popular among pub-goers. The drug had serious side effects including heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, loss of control and hallucinations.
In Satun, more than 400kg of compressed marijuana worth over 6 million baht were found hidden in a mangrove forest in Muang district.
Satun governor Detrat Simsiri on Tuesday announced the seizure of 431 bars of compressed marijuana, each weighing one kilo, at a press conference.
The drugs were hidden in a mangrove forest at Penang Bulao village in tambon Jorpilang, said Mr Detrat. The traffickers fled before authorities arrived.
The governor suspected the seized marijuana, worth 10,000-15,000 baht a kilo, was smuggled to the southern province from the Northeast.
Ketamine is indicated in children and in adults.
Ketamine is recommended:
As an anaesthetic agent for diagnostic and surgical procedures. When used by intravenous or intramuscular injection, Ketamine is best suited for short procedures. With additional doses, or by intravenous infusion, Ketamine can be used for longer procedures. If skeletal muscle relaxation is desired, a muscle relaxant should be used and respiration should be supported.
For the induction of anesthesia prior to the administration of other general anesthetic agents. To supplement other anesthetic agents.
Specific areas of application or types of procedures:
When the intramuscular route of administration is preferred.
Debridement, painful dressings, and skin grafting in burned patients, as well as other superficial surgical procedures.
Neurodiagnostic procedures such as pneumo encephalograms, ventriculography, myelograms, and lumbar punctures.
Diagnostic and operative procedures of the eye, ear, nose, and mouth, including dental extractions.
Note: Eye movements may persist during ophthalmological procedures.
Anesthesia in poor-risk patients with depression of vital functions or where depression of vital functions must be avoided, if at all possible.
Orthopedic procedures such as closed reductions, manipulations, femoral pinning, amputations, and biopsies.
Sigmoidoscopy and minor surgery of the anus and rectum, circumcision, and pilonidal sinus.
Cardiac catheterization procedures.
Cesarean section; as an induction agent in the absence of elevated blood pressure.
Anaesthesia in the asthmatic patient, either to minimise the risks of an attack of bronchospasm developing, or in the presence of bronchospasm where anaesthesia cannot be delayed.