CHIANGRAI TIMES – Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai police chief, Pol Col Thanomsak Yospan led police and drug suppression agency-the Office of the Narcotics Control Board on a raid of the home of Thongdee Sriwichai, 44, a leading member of a major drug trafficking syndicate. He ran a shuttle van for a casino at the border town of Tachilek in Myanmar.
Mr Thongdee was arrested on March 1 after the authorities detained Mr Surachet Taluang and Chamras Prompanya with 200,000 speed pills in two plastic bags.
The duo said they were paid Bt60,000 to deliver drugs to a person they identified as Thongdee Sriwichai in Mae Sai district.
Mr Thongdee reportedly confessed that he ordered the speed pills from Myanmar and the drugs were to be further sent to Bangkok.
After the raid, authorities seized a plot of land with house and fitness equipment, two cars, a van and a motorcycle. In addition, a 50 rai lychee orchard and a herd of Charolay cows were seized, bringing the total value to about Bt100 million. – Anna Wong