CHIANGRAI TIMES – Chiang Rai Police have arrested a man with 66,000 methamphetamine pills, a couple with another 1,234 yaba pills and four drug suspects with 200 grams of crystal methamphetamine, known as ice.
Police announced the arrests at a press briefing on Thursday.
They said they received a report that smugglers operating on the Myanmar border would deliver the drugs to a client at a market in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai yesterday.
The alleged drug courier, Pitsanu Pimoldamrongkiat, arrived at the market and mistakenly handed over a bag of 66,000 ya ba pills to a plain-clothes police officer because he forgot the license plate of his customer’s vehicle.
Police arrested Mr Pitsanu and seized the drugs, a motorcycle and a cell phone.
Mr Pitsanu, 35, told investigators he was to have been paid 20,000 baht for delivering the methamphetamine.
Police are now tracing other people behind the trafficking.
In another case, a nurse working in Yala, Dussadee Praditakul, and her boyfriend, Wirat Chandtanet, were arrested while allegedly transporting yaba pills hidden in cans from Chiang Rai to Yala yesterday.
Wirat, a former army soldier, confessed that they had often carried methamphetamine pills to the southern border province, according to police.
In the third case, four people were arrested for selling ice in Chiang Rai’s Muang district.
Three of them were between 18 and 20 years of age, police said.
Police also confiscated a pickup truck and seven mobile phones, five of them in protective wrapping. The suspects allegedly told police they intended to throw the five wrapped phones over the wall to inmates at an undisclosed prison.