Millions of speed pills, 300kg crystal meth seized in North

Millions of speed pills, 300kg crystal meth seized in North

About 9 million methamphetamine pills and 300kg of crystal meth seized when key drug suspect Panatkit Soponphumipanya was arrested are shown at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board in Chiang Mai on Friday.(Photo from policenews.co.th)
About 9 million methamphetamine pills and 300kg of crystal meth seized when key drug suspect Panatkit Soponphumipanya was arrested are shown at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board in Chiang Mai on Friday.(Photo from policenews.co.th)

CHIANG MAI: About 9 million methamphetamine pills and 300 kilogrammes of crystal meth have been seized and a key drug suspect arrested in Chiang Dao district.

Suspected dealer Panatkit Soponphumipanya was arrested in the border area of Ban Pa Bong Ngam in tambon Mueang Na on Monday. 

The drugs were in his possession.

His arrest was announced on Friday at a news conference by Sirinya Sitdhichai, secretary-general of Narcotics Control Board (NCB), and Thanitsak Teerasawad, a special adviser to the Royal Thai Police. 

The arresting officers were acting on information he was in Chiang Mai and arranging for drugs to be sent to buyers in Ayutthaya. 

Ten million baht worth of his assets were impounded following his arrest, officers said. 

Five accomplices were also apprehended later. 

Mr Panatkit was wanted by police for the alleged supply of 158,000 methamphetame pills, or yaba,  to two men arrested in Chon Buri’s Muang district on Dec 11, 2010. Mr Panatkit’s car, worth 200,000 baht, had earlier been seized. 



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