In the northeastern Thailand, the navy’s Mekong Riverine Unit seized 1.59 million meth pills and 700 kilograms of precursors left by smugglers.
According to the navy, the seizure was made in response to informant reports that illegal drugs were smuggled into the country near the Mekong River’s bank in Nong Khai province.
After a team of marines waited in an ambush on Tuesday night, two pickup trucks carrying six men arrived on the riverbank, followed by a longtail boat.
The men jumped into a pickup trucks and sped away as they saw the team approach. The long boat also fled from the scene into the darkness of the night.
According to the navy, the marines did not pursue them because it was dark and they were wary of the potential danger.
A search turned up 1.59 million speed pills hidden in large fertilizer sacks and 700kg of substances suspected of being drug precursors.
The drugs were to be distributed throughout Thailand, while the precursors were to be shipped to another country for production, according to police.
Navy Seizes Meth Pills in Nakhon Phanom
On Tuesday, the navy’s Mekong Riverine Unit seized 458,000 methamphetamine pills left by smugglers on the Mekong River’s bank in Nakhon Phanom province.
The Mekong Riverine Unit commander, Rear Admiral Saman Kanthapong, said the patrol discovered the meth pills on the river bank in three fertilizer bags.
The bags were most likely left for gang members to collect and distribute.
Long-tail boats were most likely used to smuggle the drugs across the Mekong River. Handwritten notes on the packages indicated that they were destined for several Northeast provinces, including Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, and Loei.
According to Rear Admiral Saman, authorities have seized over 10 million meth pills and 5 tons of contraband marijuana smuggled into the country through Nakhon Phanom this year.
Meth Smugglers Move to Northeast
Thailand has asked Laos for assistance in stepping up efforts against drug trafficking along the Thai-Lao border after smugglers shifted their routes from the north to the northeast due to heavy suppression along the northern border with Myanmar.
Niyom Termsrisuk, Secretary-General of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), stated that the Thai military and its Lao counterpart are working to prevent drug trafficking through Thailand’s northeastern borders.
More drug smuggling was recently discovered along the northeastern borders, from Loei to Ubon Ratchathani provinces, according to the ONCB chief. The provinces with the most drug smuggling are Nong Khai, Mukdahan, Bung Kan, and Nakhon Phanom.
Most smuggled methamphetamine entered the country through Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, and Ubon Ratchathani in northeastern Thailand.
Methamphetamine, crystal methamphetamine (ICE) and marijuana are among the drugs smuggled across the Thai-Lao border.