Indonesia asks for drug lord’s arrest in exchange of Thailand’s most wanted fugitive

Indonesia asks for drug lord’s arrest in exchange of Thailand’s most wanted fugitive

THE Indonesian National Police wants Thailand to return the favor of arresting Chaowalit Thongduang by locating the whereabouts of drug kingpin Fredy Pratama.

There’s a favor. There’s a return.

This was what Indonesia’s narcotics division chief stated after the arrest of Chaowalit Thongduang, one of Thailand’s most wanted fugitives, who hid for more than seven months in the Southeast Asian republic.

Known by his moniker “Pang Na Node”, Chaowalit escaped police custody in October and was arrested on the resort island of Bali last week for assaulting his Indonesian girlfriend.

He entered Indonesia in December 2023 using a fake identity after a 17-hour journey by speed boat.

The 37-year-old fugitive faces multiple charges in Thailand including murder and drug trafficking.

In return, the Indonesian police want the arrest of international drug trafficker Fredy Pratama whom authorities believe is hiding in a forest in Thailand.

The high-profile criminal is wanted for trafficking 10.2 tons of crystal methamphetamine and 116,346 ecstasy pills in Indonesia between 2020 and 2023, with hundreds of cases linked to his network.

Pratama allegedly runs a syndicate linked to gangs in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia.

The Indonesian police will return to Thailand in the next few days as part of a massive manhunt to locate the drug lord.

 

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