Seven arrested, meth pills, tonne of ganja seized

Seven arrested, meth pills, tonne of ganja seized

Police display more than a tonne of seized compressed marijuana at a media briefing in Bangkok on Friday. (Supplied photo)
Police display more than a tonne of seized compressed marijuana at a media briefing in Bangkok on Friday. (Supplied photo)

Seven suspects have been arrested in three drug cases involving 600,000 meth pills and more than a tonne of compressed marijuana, police said.

Narcotics suppression police arrested Rachot Prinyapas, an insurance salesman, in the car park of a department store in Lop Buri province after more than 400,000 methamphetamine pills were found in his vehicle.

The drugs were smuggled from the North and destined for delivery in the South.

His arrest led to the capture of two accomplices in Songkhla, assistant national police chief Pol Lt Gen Wissanu Prasartthong-osod told a media briefing on Friday.

Authorities also confiscated assets worth more than 5 million baht believed to be the profits of drug dealing - gold, cars and land title deeds. 

In southern Krabi province, two men - Takae Wiboonphan and Rak Khimhan - were arrested and about 100,000 speed pills they were delivering at a resort were seized,  Pol Lt Gen Wissanu said. 

In the third operation, police arrested Sarawut Thongthirat and Bamrung Chantharangsi and seized 1,100 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana from their vehicle at an intersection on Liang Muang Road in Muang district of Udon Thani.

The marijuana was being smuggled from Nong Khai province to an agent in the South.

Pol Lt Gen Chinnaphat Sarasin, chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, said marijuana was still an illicit drug, except when used for medical treatment.  

The seized marijuana would be handed over to the Public Health Ministry. Part of it would be given to relevant agencies for research purposes, and the rest destroyed, Pol Lt Gen Chinnaphat said. 


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