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Major Drug Bust in Chiang Rai’s Mae Chan District



Drug suspects are brought to the Royal Thai Police Office yesterday as Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and police chief Adul Saengsingkaew discuss three major drug raids in the past few days. More than 2.2 million methamphetamine tablets and 47kg of crystal meth were seized in the busts


CHIANGRAI -Surapol Promnimit, 25, was arrested on Phahon Yothin Road in Chiang Rai’s Mae Chan district while allegedly transporting 1.2 million speed pills and 46kg of crystal meth in his pickup truck on Thursday evening.

Mr Surapol impersonated a soldier by wearing military uniform, police said. He allegedly gave officers a false identification card presenting himself as an Internal Security Operations Command officer.

Police say they searched his vehicle and found the drugs packed inside three backpacks and 14 sacks.

Mr Surapol had just been released from a 20-year jail term resulting from a heroin case in August 1982, police said.

In Ayutthaya, police say Pitak Kamthorndecha, 34, and Akelikit Saekeu, 32, were arrested in a Big C parking lot in Bang Pa-in district as they were waiting to deliver 896,000 speed pills and 1kg of crystal meth to a customer.

They told police they were offered 60,000 baht each to shift the drugs from Tak to Ayutthaya, officers said.

In the third case, police seized 200,000 speed pills from two men in Tak province.

Waranyu Saesong, 33, Samrit Saehur, 36, and Charin Songsawatwong, 32, were caught while allegedly unloading the drugs wrapped inside two sacks from a pickup truck on a Muang district road.

Meanwhile, army rangers yesterday discovered a dead body with gunshot wounds about 500m from the spot where they exchanged gunfire with suspected drug couriers in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fa Luang district on Sunday.

The rangers also recovered 50,000 speed pills from the dead man’s backpack.

Authorities believe the man was wounded in the gun battle and hid in the forest where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Four other suspected drug couriers had already been confirmed killed in the skirmish.

The traffickers were all believed to be Muser tribesmen, authorities said.

Officers say more than 230,000 methamphetamine tablets were recovered from the dead men after the gunfight, which took place near Ban Armae on the Thai-Myanmar border.

About 10 members of the gang are believed to have escaped.

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