200,000 meth pills seized in Chiang Rai
- Published: 20 Oct 2013 at 21.23
- Online news:
CHIANG RAI — Police arrested three drug smugglers and seized 194,000 methamphetamine pills worth millions of baht after they tried to escape a security checkpoint in a car in Mae Chan district.
The suspects were identified as Kraingkrai Chaiyawong, 21, Charn Suwannampon, 44, and Adul Wansorn, 48.
Chiang Rai provincial police chief Pol Col Weerawut Chaichanamongkol said the group arrived at a checkpoint set up on a road in tambon Ta Khao Pluak by Mae Chan police station. They were in a bronze Honda sedan. As officers were about to search the vehicle, the driver accelerated and fled.
Police chased the sedan and were able to stop it in the adjacent tambon of Jom Sawan after they used police patrol pickup trucks to block the road. They inspected the car and found the speed pills hidden inside a backpack.
The suspects allegedly confessed they were paid 30,000 baht each to transport the illegal drugs from Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai to Ban Rim Kong in Wiang Kaen district.
Police are investigating to find more people involved with the seized drugs.
Methamphetamine, known as ya ba, sells for anywhere between 100 and 300 baht per tablet in Bangkok depending on the quantity purchased.