CHIANGRAI TIMES – Police have seized 3.8 million methamphetamine tablets in Thailand’s largest drug bust in years.
The haul was estimated as worth more than one billion baht ($31.7 million).
Police Maj. Gen. Comronwit Toopgrajank said the pills and 71 kilograms (156 pounds) of crystal meth were found hidden in an empty house in Bangkok’s northern outskirts.
Police raided the house Saturday after tracking down a driver who abandoned his vehicle after a car chase.
Thailand is a leading market and transit point for methamphetamine, much of which is produced in neighboring Myanmar.
Law enforcement in Thailand reported that up to 90 percent of crystal methamphetamines seized in Thailand was produced across the border in Myanmar and Laos.
Crystal meth is the most popular drug used by people aged 15 to 24 in Thailand.
Black Market Value of Myanmar $1.854 Billion
Average Country Black Market: $21.16 Billion
Ecstasy Price: $55.0 per tablet
Heroin Price: $70.6 per gram
Human Trafficking Price: $7,300 to China
Marijuana Price: $1.6 per gram
Counterfeit Goods and Piracy Market: $0.004 Billion ($4 Million)
Drug Trafficking: $1.5 Billion
Opium/Heroin: $104 Million
Total Country Black Market Value: $1.854 Billion