220kg of 'ice' found on overturned pickup

220kg of 'ice' found on overturned pickup

Police examine a vegetable truck on Highway 41 in Tha Chana district, Surat Thani, on Thursday night. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)
Police examine a vegetable truck on Highway 41 in Tha Chana district, Surat Thani, on Thursday night. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: Police found 220 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, hidden on a pickup truck that overturned in Tha Chana district on Thursday night.

The white Isuzu truck registered in Songkhla province overturned on the south-bound side of Highway 41 in tambon Khan Thulee following an accident. It had a full load of cabbage, but no one stayed to claim ownership.

Eyewitnesses told police that the driver of the truck and an attendant immediately fled the scene on another six-wheeled truck after emerging from the wreckage.

Upon arriving on the scene, police found nine sacks under cabbage bags containing 220 packs of crystal meth, weighing a combined 220 kg. Each pack had a "Guanyinwang" logo and a description indicating the content as "Refined Chinese tea".

Police estimated the market value of the discovery at 220 million baht and believe it was being transported from a neighbouring country in the North to the far South for further smuggling out to a third-party country.

Tha Chana police pose behind nine sacks of 'ice' found in an overturned pickup truck on Thursday. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)


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