B10m crystal meth seizure on train
published : 21 May 2020 at 13:27
writer: Chaiwat Satyaem
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Two people were arrested after 19kg of crystal methamphetamine were found in their bags on a south-bound express train on Wednesday evening.
Ekkapong Kaewsa, 22, of Bangkok, and his female companion Methanee Suparb, 23, of Si Sa Ket, were detained by railway police as the train was approaching Hua Hin station about 6pm.
Pol Maj Gen Papatdet Ketphan, railway police commander, said the arrests followed receipt of information that couriers would be carrying illicit drugs on special express train No.9085 from Bang Sue station in Bangkok to Thung Song station in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Railway police were assigned to all the carriages. As the train approached Hua Hin station, officers noticed two passengers were acting suspiciously.
They approached and asked to search the couple's bags. When the bags were opened, the police found many packages labelled as containing tea, 19 in all. Each was found to contain 1kg of crystal meth. The drugs were worth about 10 million baht, Pol Maj Gen Papatdet said.
Mr Ekkapong allegedly confessed to having smuggled drugs by train on several occasions.
He said he had asked Ms Methanee, a waitress at a restaurant, to accompany him on the trip to deliver the drugs from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
He said he was being paid 100,000 baht to make the delivery.
Police were extending the investigation, to find others involved.
(Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem)
Railway police search the couple's bags and find 19 packages of crystal methamphetamine. (Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem)