Two nabbed with 6.4m meth pills in North

Two nabbed with 6.4m meth pills in North

Deputy National Police chief Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakhan inspects seized methamphetamine pills displayed to the media at the Wieng Pa Pao police station in Chiang Rai on Sunday. (Photo by Chinnapat Chaimol)
Deputy National Police chief Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakhan inspects seized methamphetamine pills displayed to the media at the Wieng Pa Pao police station in Chiang Rai on Sunday. (Photo by Chinnapat Chaimol)

CHIANG RAI: Police have arrested two men with a total of 6.4 million methamphetamine pills in two separate actions in this northern province, Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakhan said in a press briefing on Sunday.

Pol Gen Chalermkiat, a deputy police chief in charge of drug suppression, said that in the first action police intercepted a pick-up truck which ran a Tha Ko checkpoint in Mae Suai district on Feb 7. The driver fled, leaving 4.4 million meth pills in the truck .

Police in Wiang Pa Pao district managed to arrest the driver, Vorachart Laohang, 26, on Phrao-Wieng Pa Pao road at 10am on Sunday while he was waiting for a bus to Chiang Mai.

In the other action, police arrested Suthee Manoruang, 33, after stopping a pick-up truck he was driving at Pa Tueng checkpoint in Mae Lao district at 7.30am on Sunday and discovering 2 million meth pills in inside.

In both cases, the two confessed they were hired to deliver the drugs. The meth pills had either a "999" or "y1" mark on them, indicating they were produced by tribesmen of Wa ethnic origin in Myanmar opposite Mae Sai and Mae Fa Luang districts of Chiang Rai. Police will expand the investigation to find the operators of the drug network, Pol Gen Chalermkiat said.


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