ACTING on a tip-off narcotics suppression police arrested three suspects and seized almost 9 million methamphetamine pills and 50 kilogramme of Ketamine powder being transported inland from the Thai-Lao border in Chaing Rai province last night, Naewna newspaper said today (May 19).
Pol. Maj. Gen. Banpot Mungkhangklang, chief of Narcotics Suppression Division 3, sent police teams to lie in wait at the road bordering Chiang Saen district and the bypass from this district to Mueang Chaing Rai.
In the middle of the night one of the teams spotted a suspicious pick-up truck heading for Mueang Chiang Rai province with another pick-up and a motorcycle leading the way.
The policemen immediately moved in to intercept the vehicles and saw that the pick-up truck at the rear was heavily loaded with bundles of hay. A search uncovered approximately 8,800,000 meth pills and around 50 kilogrammes of Ketamine power in some of the bundles.
The driver of this vehicle, Mr. Anansit (surname withheld), 21, a native of this province, was immediately arrested as were Mr. Thanet (surname withheld), 28, from Phayao province and Mr. Seng, 31 , also a resident of Chiang Rai.
Upon being questioned the suspects said they had picked up the drugs from the bank of Mekong river running along the Thai-Lao border in Mae Ngoen subdistrict, Chiang Saen district, with an additional police team being sent there for further investigation.
All three suspects were charged with unauthorised possession and distribution of Category One narcotics (amphetamine or methamphetamine) and Category 2 psychotropic substance (Ketamine).
The three drug suspects police arrested last night and the large drug haul they seized. Photos: Naewna