Drugs found in border cave

Drugs found in border cave

Border patrol police and soldiers examine sacks containing illicit drugs found inside a cave along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai on Thursday. (Photo taken from @armyprcenter Facebook page)
Border patrol police and soldiers examine sacks containing illicit drugs found inside a cave along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai on Thursday. (Photo taken from @armyprcenter Facebook page)

CHIANG MAI: More than 5 million speed pills and 185kg of crystal methamphetamine have been found hidden in a cave deep inside a forest in Chiang Dao district.

The huge stash was discovered when border patrol police and troops from the Pha Muang military task force were searching for smuggled drugs near the border with Myanmar on Thursday.

The task force received information that smugglers had stored illicit drugs in the forest, intending to distribute them to customers.

In a small cave in the forest they discovered 54 sacks containing 5.4 million methamphetamine pills and 10 sacks containing 185kg of crystal methamphetamine, according to the army public relations Facebook page.

Thai media reported that the area where the drugs were seized is near a base of a Myanmar ethnic minority group which operates a factory producing the drugs.  

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Vocabulary

  • ethnic minority: a group of people with the same culture or traditions who are living a a place where most people have a different culture and different traditions - ชนกลุ่มน้อยที่มีเชื้อชาติหรือประเพณีและวัฒนธรรมที่ต่างไปจากคนกลุ่มใหญ่ของประเทศ
  • illicit: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย
  • methamphetamine: a stimulant drug that increases alertness and energy, but which is dangerous when taken in large amounts or over a long period of time - ยาบ้า
  • sack: a large strong bag for storing and carrying things - กระสอบ, ถุงขนาดใหญ่
  • seize (verb): to take something using force - ยึด, จับกุม
  • smuggle: to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally - ลักลอบนำเข้า/ออก
  • stash: a large amount of something that has been stored or hidden - สิ่งที่เก็บไว้, สิ่งที่ซ่อนไว้,
  • task force: a group of people who are brought together to do a particular job, or a large military group who have a military aim to achieve - คณะทำงานเฉพาะกิจ, กองกำลังเฉพาะกิจ

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