CHIANG RAI – Police in have arrested a drug suspect in possession of 500,000 “yaba” pills on Sunday night at the combined security checkpoint in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fa Luang district.
Officers at the checkpoint on a rural road in Tambon Mae Fa Luang spotted four men on two motorcycles riding a kilometre from the Thai-Myanmar border at around 9pm.
When authorities waved for the men to stop and submit to a search, they sped up and officers gave chase, catching one man who had been riding pillion on the second motorcycle.
A subsequent search of the area discovered three backpacks containing 400,000 yaba pills in a nearby ditch.
As officers hunted for the other suspects on Monday morning, they found another sack containing 100,000 yaba pills at the Suan Rukkhachat Intersection.
By Natthawat Laping