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Sarawut Wanit’s Entrepreneurial Turn to the Dark Side: The Homemade Arms Saga in Chachoengsao

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In a captivating turn of events that could easily be mistaken for the plot of a high-stakes thriller, the quiet district of Muang in Chachoengsao province was thrust into the spotlight. The protagonists of this narrative? Sarawut Wanit, a 23-year-old entrepreneur from Bang Khla district with a knack for crafting beyond the ordinary, and his teenage brother, a 17-year-old who has already dipped his toes into the family business. Their venture, however, was far from ordinary. The duo was apprehended in a scene straight out of an action movie, in a commercial building no less, not for trafficking exotic spices or selling rare antiquities online, but for the making and selling of firearms. Yes, you read that right – homemade guns and an armory’s worth of ammunition were being peddled by these siblings on the digital marketplace.

The plot thickened when Pol Maj Gen Theeradet Thumsuthee, a name that commands respect in the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), unveiled the staggering bounty seized during the operation: 28 homemade guns, a whopping 1,559 rounds of ammunition, and not to forget, 28 gun barrels among other incriminating paraphernalia. It was a haul that not only highlighted the ingenuity of the Wanit brothers but also underscored the murky underbelly of online trade.

The twist in our tale? Sarawut was no stranger to the law; he was already on the radar for evading military conscription, a fact that pales in comparison to his newfound career as an armorer. The investigation, a masterclass in detective work, traced the origins of this illicit enterprise to a Facebook page charmingly named Khlang Saeng Dek Chang (translated to ‘Technical College Students’ Arsenal’). A page that had garnered an audience among those with a penchant for firearms, particularly vocational and technical college students – an unsettling revelation.

The breadcrumbs led the determined Pol Maj Gen Theeradet and his team to the bustling district of Muang, where the Bang Pakong River whispers tales of yore. Here, amidst the everyday hustle, lay the clandestine workshop of the Wanit siblings. It was an operation that had, before its untimely interruption by law enforcement, successfully dispatched over 1,000 guns across the country, a testament to the reach and appeal of the Wanit brothers’ craft.

During the interrogation, Sarawut, possibly contemplating his next moves in a world far removed from arms dealing, confessed to the charges. His revelation was as surprising as it was sad; a young man with a complete high school education but no formal training in mechanics had turned to gunsmithing. It was a testament to human ingenuity, albeit channeled in a direction that led to their downfall. Sarawut’s story was one of ambition and misplaced innovation; he saw an opportunity in the lucrative world of arms dealing and took it, learning the craft through sheer will and determination. His venture into the digital realm with Khlang Saeng Dek Chang Facebook page was marked by both success and imitation, the latter being a source of frustration as counterfeit pages emerged, duping customers and tarnishing his questionable legacy.

The tale of Sarawut and his brother serves as a stark reminder of the dual-edged sword that is technology; it’s a means to connect, to learn, and to grow, but also a shadowy marketplace where legality is often left at the login page. As the Wanit brothers face the music, one can’t help but ponder the paths untaken, the potential for good squandered in the pursuit of quick gains.

This story, while uniquely their own, is a narrative shared by many across the globe – a blend of ambition, innovation, and the inevitable clash with the law. As the sun sets on the Wanit saga, one can only hope it rises on a brighter, more positive chapter in the lives of those touched by this tale. And as for the residents of Muang district, there’s no doubt they’ll be keeping a closer eye on the quiet, unassuming buildings in their midst.


  1. TechieTom April 11, 2024

    It’s mind-blowing the kind of talent that goes unnoticed just because it’s on the wrong side of the law. Imagine if Sarawut had directed his skills towards a legitimate business!

    • LawAbider April 11, 2024

      Talent or not, the law’s the law. You can’t just go around praising someone for making weapons illegally!

      • TechieTom April 11, 2024

        Wasn’t praising the illegal aspect. Just saying that our system sometimes fails to channel potential positively. Sarawut’s skills could’ve been used for better if guided properly.

    • SkepticalSue April 11, 2024

      How do you suggest we ‘guide’ potential like that? Not everyone comes with a ‘good intentions’ manual attached.

  2. JennyH April 11, 2024

    This story is a tragic reminder of how desperation and lack of opportunities can push talented individuals to take drastic paths. We need better support systems for our youth.

    • OldSchool April 11, 2024

      Desperation? Plenty of people struggle and don’t turn to crime. It’s about moral compass, not just opportunities.

      • JennyH April 11, 2024

        While I get your point, it’s not black and white. Environment, education, and opportunities (or lack thereof) play huge roles in shaping decisions. It’s complex.

  3. PatriotDave April 11, 2024

    The real issue here is the availability of guns and how it’s portrayed as ‘cool’ or ‘necessary’ for protection. We’re romanticizing the very thing that’s tearing societies apart.

    • FreedomLover April 11, 2024

      Guns don’t tear societies apart, people do. Responsible gun ownership is a right and necessary for protection against both tyranny and criminals.

      • PatriotDave April 11, 2024

        The fine line between ‘protection’ and ‘peril’ is often blurred. There’s a difference between responsible ownership and an arms race among civilians.

  4. CuriousCat April 11, 2024

    Doesn’t this make you wonder how many more Sarawuts are out there? The dark web and online marketplaces are probably teeming with illegal businesses we know nothing about.

  5. Optimist_Olivia April 11, 2024

    Stories like Sarawut’s should open our eyes to the untapped talent lying in plain sight. Maybe it’s time for community centers that focus on harnessing such skills legally and ethically.

    • RealistRay April 11, 2024

      While I love your optimism, Olivia, turning illegal passions into legal enterprises isn’t as simple as you make it sound. There’s a moral and ethical re-education that needs to happen first.

      • Optimist_Olivia April 11, 2024

        Absolutely, Ray. It’s a complex issue, but acknowledging the need for re-education and support is the first step towards change.

  6. SafetyFirst April 11, 2024

    The fact that these operations can grow so large before being caught is worrying. What are we missing here? There needs to be stricter regulations on online marketplaces.

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