Police have arrested several hilltribe people for drug trafficking offences in recent raids in Ayutthaya and Chiang Rai provinces.
Alleged drug trafficker Kriangsak Chotipongniran, 27, is arrested at his home in Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district yesterday with 500,000 methamphetamine pills and 30 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine worth about 250 million baht. SUNTHORN PONGPAO
In Ayutthaya yesterday, Hmong man Kriangsak Chotipongniran, 27, was allegedly found in possession of 500,000 methamphetamine pills and 30 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine worth a combined 250 million baht.
He was arrested at a property in the Kittilawan housing estate in Bang Pa-in district.
Deputy police chief Somyot Poompanmoung, who took part in the raid, said police had tracked the suspect for a year. Residents had assisted officers by keeping them informed of the suspect's movements, he said.
Mr Kriangsak had recently bought the house in Bang Pa-in for 700,000 baht to allegedly store drugs that would be delivered to Bangkok.
In Chiang Rai, police said they arrested a 20-year-old Akha man, Apo Basaeku, on a bus in Mae Chan district on Tuesday with 20,000 methamphetamine pills. The suspect was hired for 20,000 baht to deliver the drugs from a remote border area in Mae Sai district to the heart of Chiang Rai, officers said.
Also on Tuesday, Chiang Rai police arrested another Akha man, Along Mayer, 43, who was allegedly in possession of 3.4 million baht in cash and 20 methamphetamine pills on Ban Payang Ekor Road.
He allegedly told investigators he was bringing the cash and sample pills to order methamphetamine from a Myanmar supplier for a Myanmar buyer.
He rode his motorcycle through a shortcut in Mae Fa Luang district, where he was arrested, police said.
Chiang Rai police also arrested four drug addicts and two alleged drug traffickers in Muang district.
Alleged traffickers Jaor Jakee, 58, and Atee Jahee, 47, were nabbed with more than 200 methamphetamine pills and nearly 30 grammes of raw opium and heroin.
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