Fleeing drug suspect jumps from bridge

Fleeing drug suspect jumps from bridge

Police display packs of
Police display packs of "tea" containing 132kg of crystal methamphetamine and 5kg of ketamine during a media briefing on Thursday. The drugs were seized from a fleeing drug suspect who was hauled from the Tha Chin River in Suphan Buri following a police chase. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

A fleeing suspect was hauled from the Tha Chin River in Suphan Buri province as police seized 132 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine and 5kg of ketamine found in his truck.

Kittipong Kachadpai, 30, of Nonthaburi province, was arrested beneath a bridge across the Tha Chin River on Bangkok-bound Road 340 in tambon Khok Khram of Bang Pla Ma district around 2.45am on Tuesday, Pol Gen Suchart Theerasawat, deputy national police chief, told a news conference on Thursday.

His arrest came after investigators from the children and women welfare division investigating drug trafficking in Wutthakat and Taling Chan areas of Bangkok learned that two men had delivered drugs from Bang Bua Thong in Nonthaburi to dealers in those areas, Thai media reported.

Investigators followed a pickup truck with Chon Buri licence plates along Kanchanapisek Road around 11.30pm on Oct 7 and  ordered it over for a search on Road 340 in Bang Pla Ma district.

The driver sped off along the road with police in pursuit. He stopped in the middle of a bridge across the Tha Chin River and jumped into the river below.

More police were called in to search for him, and a wet Mr Kittipong was found hiding near a concrete pillar beneath the bridge, Pol Gen Suchart said.

A search of his abandoned pickup truck found 132kg of crystal meth and 5kg of ketamine inside packets labelled as tea. 

Mr Kittipong was charged with illegal possession of drugs with intent to sell, and held in custody for further action. 

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