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Thai Cops Raid Gay Sauna, Nab Drug Users

Police raided a gay spa called '8 Inches' in the city's Srinakarin Road where two male masseurs tested positive for narcotics.\n

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1st March 2012 08:55

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

They confessed to taking the drug "ice" and purchasing it from a couple, the man being a former flight attendant for Jet Star Airways who was fired for using drugs. Police were able to arrest the man who confessed to selling "ice" to gay men at 3,000 baht per gram and sometimes providing Viagra for the sexual gratification of the user.

Police held a press conference on the arrest of Saranyu or Mac Chaisitwathin, 31, and Piyada or Nam Klaisuwan, 21. They were arrested in possession of 23 grams of "ice," 2 methamphetamine pills, 2 mobile phones, 2 Siam Commercial Bank passbooks, 1 Bangkok Bank passbook, and more than 10 sets of drug paraphernalia.

Piyada was arrested in the parking lot of Lardprao Condotown in Lardprao Soi 87 while Saranyu was arrested at room number 336 of the Ratchada 17 Place in Intamara Soi 47.

Police said the arrest stemmed from a raid on a gay spa called ‘8  Inches’ on Srinakarin Road. The two detainees from that raid confessed to taking ëiceí and purchasing it from Piyada. Police then contacted the suspect and negotiated a purchase after which they arrested her. She brought them to her apartment room at room number 807 at Wongchareon Mansion but her boyfriend was able to flush the drugs down the toilet and scale down a water pipe to escape the police.

Piyada then confessed to purchasing the drugs from Saranyu leading police to arrange a purchase with him and his arrest.

Saranyu told police he worked as a flight attendant for Australia’s Jet Star Airways for 5 years but was fired after his superiors caught him taking drugs. Being unemployed, he decided to take up peddling drugs. He would purchase "ice" from his source at 2,500 baht per gram and sell it to gay clients at 3,000 baht. He also provides drug paraphernalia and Viagra because many of his clients want to engage in sexual activities after taking drugs.