Another large marijuana bust in Nakhon Phanom

Another large marijuana bust in Nakhon Phanom

Border patrol police examine compressed marijuana seized from two men in a parked car in Tha Uthen district, Nakhon Phanom, late on Monday night. (Photo: Pattanapong Sripiachai)
Border patrol police examine compressed marijuana seized from two men in a parked car in Tha Uthen district, Nakhon Phanom, late on Monday night. (Photo: Pattanapong Sripiachai)

NAKHON PHANOM: Two drug couriers were arrested and 220 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana seized from their car in Tha Uthen district late on Monday night.

It was the second large seizure of marijuana in this northeastern province announced on Tuesday. A Lao man was caught with 200 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana in That Phanom district.

In Tha Uthen district, border patrol police arrested Saiyan Saengthong, 33, and Witthaya Sitthimart, 35, both from Amnat Charoen province after 220 slabs of compressed marijuana, each weighing one kilogramme, were found in their Honda CRV, which had Kanchanaburi licence plates and was parked in tambon Woen Phrabat, reporters were told.

The duo had travelled to the northeastern border area to pick up the drugs, which had been smuggled from Laos.

During questioning, they allegedly confessed that they were being paid 100,000 baht to transport the  marijuana to Saraburi province, where someone else would collect it. They had received 30,000 baht in advance, the balance to be paid on delivery in Saraburi. 

Police said both suspects had been previously convicted of drug charges and served prison sentences. 

Border patrol police display 220 kilogrammes of marijuana and a Honda car seized from two drug couriers, seated, in Tha Uthen district, Nakhon Phanom late on Monday, during a media briefing on Tuesday. (Photo: Pattanapong Sripiachai)

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