Largest Of Four Weekend Busts Nets USD 66.46 Million In Meth, Ketamine

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Four separate drug busts in three different provinces took place over the weekend, the largest of which involved the seizure of THB 2.2 billion (USD 66.46 million) worth of methamphetamine pills, crystal meth and ketamine in Ayutthaya.

Deputy national police commissioner Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakan told the press Sunday that a 34-year-old Lampang man had been stopped by police on Saturday night as he was driving in Tambon Khlong Suan Plu in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya district. They allegedly found 10.33 million methamphetamine pills, around 100 kg of crystal meth or ‘ice’ and 100 kg of ketamine hidden in beer boxes on the six-wheel truck’s cargo bed.

Chalermkiat said the man had been contracted by a drug trafficking gang to move the drugs to a storage point near Bangkok for distribution later. The man said he had done the transportation once before and got paid THB 25,000 (USD 755). Police didn’t believe his testimony as he was found to have reportedly bought a house and truck in cash, and he was charged with being in possession of illicit drugs with intent to sell.

Early on Sunday in Bung Kan province, police and administrative officials arrested a 39-year-old man and allegedly seized from him almost 3,000 methamphetamine pills. A joint search team acting on a tip-off about a drug delivery in Tambon Tha Dok Kham spotted the suspect as he walked up a staircase of the Mekong flood barrier, at which point he ran off and was later found digging up soil trying to bury something. It turned out to be two wrapped packages containing 2,959 meth pills.

The man, who tested positive for substance abuse, reportedly told police a Lao man had hired him to place the drugs in the area for someone else to pick up, for a payment of 50 meth pills. Earlier the same night, police seized over 4,200 meth pills at a bridge in Tambon Sri Wilai which had been left behind by two youngsters on a motorbike who fled when police approached them.

Meanwhile in Nakhon Phanom province, patrol police and Mekong naval patrol officers on Sunday found 1,000 kg of marijuana stored in 25 sacks at a spot on the Mekong River in Tambon Tha Uthen. The drug was suspected to have been smuggled into Thailand from Laos for storage until being transported for distribution.

Photo: TNA

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