280,000 Methamphetamine Pills Seized in Muang District of Chiang Rai

280,000 Methamphetamine Pills Seized in Muang District of Chiang Rai
Thai Police Stopping Traffic to Search for Drugs
Thai Police Stopping Traffic to Search for Drugs

 

CHIANG RAI – Police have arrested two men and seized 280,000 methamphetamine pills in Muang district of Chiang Rai province. Officers received a tip that a large amount of illegal drugs would be smuggled from Myanmar into Thailand through Chiang Rai.

Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commander of Police Region 5, said he subsequently ordered police to keep a close watch on roads from the neighboring country from Friday night.

Early Saturday morning, he said, police spotted a Honda CR-V with a red licence plate from Samut Prakan, running from the border area along a rural road at Ban Fang Min in tambon Rim Kok of Muang district. They signaled the driver to stop for a search.

Police found 280,000 ya ba pills on the car’s back seat.

Arrested were Premtichai Pimavatchara, 26, a resident of Wiang Hae district in Chiang Mai, and a Myanmar national named Igpuk (surname unknown), 21.

The suspects told police that they had been paid 100,000 baht each to deliver the illegal drugs from Myanmar to a client in Nonthaburi province by a married couple, who were leading the way in another car and managed to escape.

Police were hunting for the couple.

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