17.8m meth pills seized, 5 arrests in Chiang Mai

17.8m meth pills seized, 5 arrests in Chiang Mai

Bags containing about 17.8 million methamphetamine pills, seized in three actions, arrive at Provincial Police Region 5 headquarters in Chiang Mai. (Photo: Phanumet Tanraksa)
Bags containing about 17.8 million methamphetamine pills, seized in three actions, arrive at Provincial Police Region 5 headquarters in Chiang Mai. (Photo: Phanumet Tanraksa)

CHIANG MAI: A total of 17.8 million methamphetamine pills were seized and five suspects arrested in three separate actions in this northern province on May 29-30, assistant police chief Pol Lt Gen Wisanu Prasatthong-osot said.

In the first action, about 3.30am on May 29, a police-military patrol seized 11 bags containing about 2.1 million meth pills abandoned by smugglers near Ban Hin Taew in tambon Piang Luang in Wiang Haeng district, about one kilometre from the border with Myanmar.

The smugglers fled upon seeing the government patrol.

On May 29, about 9pm two pickup trucks were stopped for a search at a checkpoint in tambon Mae Ngon in Fang district. Eighteen bags containing 1.7 million meth pills were found in the two vehicles. Two suspects were arrested with three mobile phones and one .38 pistol seized as evidence.

About 2am on May 30, a government force followed a modified Toyota pickup which matched a description given by informants along a ring road around Fang district town to the parking area at Chayapha Hotel in tambon San Sai, Fang district.

A search uncovered 77 sacks containing about 14 million meth pills. Two men and a woman were arrested.



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