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Chiang Rai Drug Enforcement Officers Recover 30 Bt Million Crystal Meth, Abandoned by Fleeing Drug Runners




CHIANG RAI – Police and Soldiers from The Pha Muang Taskforce, have recovered over 30 million baht of drugs in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai District, Provincial Police Commander Jatupoom Khunkitti, told a press briefing.

Police Commander Jatupoom said the seizure took place after soldiers and drug enforcement officers came across two drug smugglers entering Thailand through the Thai-Myanmar border area in Mae Sai District late Friday night. The Thai authorities ordered the two drug runners to stop, but instead they dropped the pack sacks they were carrying and escaped into the darkness of the forest.

Police recovered two military issue nap sacks containing approximately 30 Kilograms of Crystal Methamphetamine and one kilo of methadone (an opioid medication) with a street value of Bt30 million. The drugs has been concealed in packages marked Chinese Tea.

Meanwhile, Thailand Post and customs officials on Saturday found a small amount of crystal methamphetamine inside a parcel sent from Chiang Rai to an address in Israel.

The officials scanning posted parcels at Suvarnabhumi airport found 300 grams of the drug among clothes and 12 packs of instant dried boiled rice inside the parcel.

The sender’s address was listed as Anutad Saelee in Chiang Rai’s Wieng Kaen district while the recipient’s address was Jakkarin Sungnoen in Israel. Police are searching for the sender to make an arrest.

According to Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) commission, Drugs are mostly smuggled from a neighbouring country (Myanmar-Laos) through Chiang Rai’s Golden Triangle to Central and Southern regions of Thailand, then to Malaysia, which was a hub for further distribution to other countries such as Australia and South Korea.

By Geoff Thomas

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