A dramatic car chase in the early hours of Monday in Bangkok’s Bang Kae district came to an end with the vehicle being chased plunging into a canal and 1.5 million methamphetamine pills being seized by police.
Patrol and Special Operation Sub-Division 3 commander, Pol Col Somboon Thiankhao, said a patrol car had spotted a suspicious van at a traffic red light on Phetkasem Road at 1.45 am and when the police pulled alongside, the van sped off and turned into Buddha Monthon 2 Road.
The patrol car gave pursuit with its siren and lights on and loudspeaker blaring instructions to stop, which the van ignored and instead started zig-zagging to prevent the patrol car from overtaking it. The van eventually turned into Soi Wat Boonyapradit and ended up in the small canal at the end of the dead-end street. The van’s driver swam across the canal and escaped. Somboon said the 1.5 million meth pills seized were packed in seven bags inside the van.
Several hours earlier in Nonthaburi’s Muang district, at around 10.30 pm Sunday night, police acting on a tip off arrested a couple at their house and seized 200,000 methamphetamine pills and six kilograms of crystal meth.
The couple, both in their 20s, claimed the drugs didn’t belong to them. They said they had been hired to keep and deliver the drugs, by leaving each shipment at different places in Nonthaburi and Bangkok.
Also on Sunday night, a 35-year-old Myanmar man was arrested while allegedly driving to deliver crystal meth to customers on Samui Island where he’d been living illegally for 10 years. The district officials and army troops who jointly made the arrest found 50 grams of ‘ice’ in small plastic bags in his car.