Soap Star’s Husband Investigated for Laundering Drug Money

Akarakit 'Benz' Worarojcharoendet in an image posted to Instagram in December.

BANGKOK — The owner of a moto racing business who gained fame recently for marrying a popular actress has been linked by narcotics investigators to a notorious drug kingpin from Laos.

After the dramatic airport arrest of Xaysana Keopimpha late last month, a Narcotics Suppression Bureau investigation into his local connections led them to name as a person of interest Thursday morning the owner of an after-market accessories shop known as “Benz Racing.”

Akarakit “Benz” Worarojcharoendet, 29, moved from the limelight for his marriage to television drama star Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul and into the spotlight today for accusations he was involved in laundering money for the Laotian drug lord.

Read: Laotian ‘Drug Kingpin’ Arrested at Bangkok Airport

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau announced this morning it had searched the racer’s Area 51 shop located in Soi Inthamara 51 in the Din Daeng district for his 20 million baht Lamborghini. They said they were tipped the car was one of the hundreds of luxury cars bought with Xaysana’s dirty money.

Akarakit reportedly departed Wednesday night with the Lamborghini and wasn’t present when officers arrived to conduct the search. His very pregnant wife, who is days away from giving birth, said she is unable to contact him and does not know his whereabouts.


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