Four nabbed with 'ice' haul
Songkhla: Police arrested four people and seized a large quantity of crystal meth or ya ice worth 135 million baht that had been smuggled from Chon Buri and was destined for Narathiwat.
The border patrol police nabbed four suspects -- Withoon Wichianpong, 23, Akkarawin Awat-aksornchuen, 22, Panupong Permcharoen, 32, and a woman, Orawan Thuenbamroong, 24.
The investigators heard that the gang had checked into a resort in tambon Khao Roop Chang of Muang district on Tuesday. Police raided the room and found several sacks containing 135kg of ya ice. However, the suspects were nowhere to be found.
The police went on a hunt for them and later arrested Mr Withoon at the Samrong intersection on Kananavanich Road. Shortly after, police nabbed Mr Akkarawin at a convenience store in nearby Rattaphum district.
Both Mr Panupong and Ms Orawan were nabbed in Chulabhorn district of Nakhon Si Thammarat hours after they boarded a van from a bus terminal in Hat Yai district.
The suspects told police they were hired for 300,000 baht between them to deliver ya ice from Chon Buri to a drug dealer in Tak Bai district of Narathiwat. They had made a rest stop in Songkhla. The suspects were charged with possessing ya ice. Police also seized two cars and two motorcycles as evidence.