Four people were arrested for using a rescue ambulance to transport meth pills and ketamine. They were transporting the drugs from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai province.
Chiang Rai, rescue worker Thanadol Woraasut, 23 and his 17-year-old friend were arrested. More than 500,000 meth pills and 101 grams of ketamine were found in the rescue van. They had hidden the drugs believing police wouldn’t stop or question a rescue van.
Police reported they also arrested two other associates that were driving ahead in a lead vehicle.
The two also confessed that they carried the drugs from Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district for delivery in Chiang Mai. Police told Thai media the meth pills and ketamine was bound for the central region.
The police are expanding investigation to arrest more suspects. Police also believed that the culprits have repeated the crimes for several times.
One Million Meth Pills Seized in Chiang Mai
Three weeks ago police seized one million meth pills following a shootout between soldiers and drug runners. Security forces and a drug caravan clashed in a forest area in Chiang Mai.
A patrol spotted about 10 men, traveling in a forest area in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai province.
When signaled to stop for a search they instead opened fire on the security patrol, Thai media reported.
After a brief exchange of shots, the men retreated into the forest, abandoning their backpacks as they fled. The backpacks contain 1.1 million meth pills.
Myanmar is fast becoming the world’s biggest producer of meth and synthetic drugs. Making the industry the most lucrative business in Southeast Asia. A trade the United Nations says is worth tens of billions of dollars a year.