In two separate drug busts Wednesday, one in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai and the other over 1,200 km to the south in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat near the Malaysian border, Thai police seized nearly one ton of crystal meth and some 12 million meth pills.
In Chiang Rai, police from Mae Chan station who had set up a road checkpoint in Mae Fa Luang district not far from the Myanmar border watched a pickup truck approach them and then reverse away at high speed. The truck ended up plunging into a ditch, at which point the driver fled into the forest alongside the road.
Officers found in the truck 13 bags of crystal meth or ‘ice’ weighing 521 kg and 63 bags containing an estimated 12.42 million meth pills.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Chulabhorn district, border patrol police arrested a pickup truck driver and seized the some 300 kg of ice he was allegedly about to deliver to a recipient at a petrol station on Phetkasem Road in Moo 5 in Tambon Sam Tambon. The drug was stuffed into 300 bags and hidden under other goods.
Pol Col Nikom Polprasit of the border patrol told a press conference that officers were staking out the petrol station after having received a tipoff that a drug delivery was about to happen.
The 36-year-old truck driver reportedly told police he’d been hired to deliver the ice and that there was more of the drug hidden in a car in nearby Narathiwat province. Police were not able to find that car.
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