Heroin en route to Malaysia seized in Pattani

Heroin en route to Malaysia seized in Pattani

Packaged heroin, 110 kilogrammes in all, seized from two suspects following a car chase in Pattani's Muang district. (Photo: Abdullah Benjakat)
Packaged heroin, 110 kilogrammes in all, seized from two suspects following a car chase in Pattani's Muang district. (Photo: Abdullah Benjakat)

PATTANI: Two men have been arrested and 110 kilogrammes of heroin being smuggled to Malaysia seized in Muang district.

Pol Lt Gen Nanthadet Yoinual, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 9, released the details on Wednesday.  

He said Lodee Poryae, 30, of Pattani’s Mai Kaen district, and Arhama Yama, 46, of Sai Buri district, were ar rested on Sunday night following a car chase.

Police had been tipped off that a green pickup truck would be used to smuggle heroin to the Malaysian border, Pol Lt Gen Nanthadet said.

A checkpoint was set up on Road No 42 and the suspected pickup truck signaled to stop for a search. Instead, the driver sped off. Police gave chase and caught up with the vehicle and stopped it at the provincial bus terminal in tambon Talubo of Muang district around 11.40pm.

A search found 100 bars of heroin, 110 kilogrammes in total, hidden in the pickup. The two suspects were arrested an charged with illegal possession of heroin with intent to sell. Two mobile phones were also seized as evidence. The heroin was destined for Malaysia, where  it could fetch up to 300 million baht if sold there, police said.

Police announce the seizure of heroin and the arrest of the two suspects in Pattani. (Photo: Abullah Benjakat)


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (10)

Two hunger strikers granted bail

Two hunger strikers were granted bail on Tuesday on grounds that their health was in serious danger, but the application of a third was rejected.

18:29

Death toll mounts

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria brave frigid weather, aftershocks and collapsing buildings as they dug for survivors as quake death toll tops 5,000.

17:45

Suriya, Somsak to remain with PPRP

Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit has confirmed he and Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, both key members of the Sam Mitr faction, will remain with the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

17:42