920kg ganja seized on Mekong bank

920kg ganja seized on Mekong bank

Police display a huge shipment of dried marijuana smuggled from Laos and seized in Tha Uthen district of Nakhon Phanom on Sunday. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)
Police display a huge shipment of dried marijuana smuggled from Laos and seized in Tha Uthen district of Nakhon Phanom on Sunday. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)

NAKHON PHANOM: Border patrol police (BPP) seized 920 kilogrammes of dried marijuana smuggled across the Mekong river from Laos in this northeastern province in the small hours on Sunday.

Pol Lt Col Thanapol Thaonoo, deputy commander of the Border Patrol Police Unit 23, said a BPP team was dispatched to an area near the Mekong river in tambon Chai Buri of Tha Uthen district following a report of a large amount of drugs being smuggled across the border.

At about 4am, a large long-tail boat was spotted arriving at the mouth of the Songkhram stream, a tributary of the Mekong. It was accompanied by a smaller boat.

While the BPP team was moving in for a search, a group of men on the big boat jumped into the smaller boat and fled, leaving behind 23 sacks.

The 23 sacks contained 920 packs of compressed marijuana, each weighing 1kg.

Police said during the past few months more than 5 tonnes of marijuana and about 10 million methamphetamine pills have been seized after being smuggled across the border.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (7)

Jokowi pushes for Southeast Asian travel arrangement

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo pushed for travel to reopen in Southeast Asia, saying this would help economic recovery in the region that has seen coronavirus cases recede.

13:37

Actor Baldwin was rehearsing pointing gun at camera when it fired

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico: Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene that involved pointing a revolver “towards the camera lens” when the gun — which the crew had been told did not contain live rounds — suddenly went off and killed the cinematographer, according to the film’s director, who was quoted in an affidavit released Sunday night.

12:55

Thai shuttlers lose doubles final to Japan in Denmark

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai lost to Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan in the mixed doubles at the Denmark Open on Sunday night.

12:51