Huge drug haul in Chiang Rai
- Published: 3/09/2012 at 09:25 AM
- Online news:
Police arrested suspected drug gang members who police say were smuggling 21 kgs of heroin and 14kgs of ya ice from the North to the South.
Abdul Rorning Mayateng and Maming Hayeemadahae were arrested at Kiew Tapyang checkpoint, Mae Chan district, Chiang Rai after police found the drugs hidden under their car on August 29.
The suspects confessed that they were preparing to deliver the drugs to dealers in the deep and far south provinces, and then Songkla province.
The police said they then arrested Manoon Maha, 48, of Raman district, Yala who they say ordered the drug smuggle and the hiring of the two suspects.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruadrew, the Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 said both the police and military also searched Mr Manoon’s house in the south where they confiscated many drug related items and assets.
In a separate incident, more than one million methamphetamine pills (yaba), and 50 kg of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice), were seized and four Hmong men arrested by police in Chiang Rai province late on the night of Aug. 29.
After following a suspect vehicle, police said they searched three pick-up trucks that were parked at a hospital parking lot in Mae Suay district. Inside one of the trucks they found 11 green backpacks and one fertiliser sack loaded with the drugs.
The four men arrested at the scene have been identified as Nathapol Laosang, Liseu Yapaengku, Prakong Kiatpraisant, and Thongchai Sethapataraporn.
Police say the four Hmong men brought the drugs across the border from Burma to Mae Fah Luang district of Chiang Rai. The drugs were to be delivered to clients in other parts of Thailand.
The combined street value of the seized drugs is estimated to be worth more than 300 million baht.
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- Writer: Phitsanu Thepthong
Position: Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Post