2m speed pills seized after car chase

2m speed pills seized after car chase

Border patrol police inspect sacks containing 2 million speed pills following a car chase in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai in which a 43-year-old suspect was caught. (Photo from @thaipolice4.0 Facebook page)
Border patrol police inspect sacks containing 2 million speed pills following a car chase in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai in which a 43-year-old suspect was caught. (Photo from @thaipolice4.0 Facebook page)

CHIANG RAI: A man was arrested and about 2 million speed pills seized from his pickup truck following a chase in Mae Sai district late Friday. One police officer was injured after the pickup hit a chase vehicle.

The incident began when officers from the 327th Border Patrol Company manning a checkpoint on the Ban Mai Pattana-Ban San Khong rad in tambon Sri Muang Chum signalled a pickup with Chiang Mai licence plates to stop for a search at about 11pm on Friday.

However, the driver sped off, with the officers in pursuit. After travelling for about three kilometres, the driver lost control of his vehicle at a curve, struck a police vehicle and plunged into a roadside ditch, Thai media reported.

Pol Capt Suthichai Chuejedton, deputy commander of the 327th Border Patrol Company, was injured and taken to hospital.

The driver, later identified as Yutthachai Narapinitkul, 43, of Pang Ma Pha district in Mae Hong Son was taken into custody. He is being held pending further legal action.

A search found 20 sacks, each containing 100,000 speed pills, or 2 million in total, in the back of the pickup truck.


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