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Massive Drug Haul Worth Over 2 Billion Baht Seized in Chiang Rai

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CHIANG RAI – Narcotics Suppression Bureau announced at a press conference today that police in Chiang Rai seized more than 2 Billion Baht worth of  illegal drugs and arrested three smugglers in 2 separate drug raids.

Pol Gen ChalermkiartSrivorakhan, deputy national police chief, said the first raid, narcotics suppression police seized 12,200,000 methamphetamine pills, 100kg of crystal methamphetamine and three pickup trucks in Chiang Khong district.

Packs of illicit drugs seized in recent police operations are displayed at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau – Photo Apichit Jinakul

The second raid conducted on Thesaban Road in tambon Wiang of Chiang Khong district fertiliser sacks — each containing 400,000 speed pills — along with two sacks filled with a total of 100kg of crystal methamphetamine were seized from one of their three pickup trucks.

In total ore than 20 million speed pills and 100kg of crystal methamphetamine, worth over 2 billion baht was seized and three alleged traffickers were arrested.

Arrested were Withoon Piyapipattarakul, 35, Witthaya Wongbunchailert, 32, and 33 year-old Awichart Songsitthichaoren.  Mr Withoon and Mr Witthaya were apprehended in tambon Wiang of Chiang Khong district, while Mr Awichart was detained in tambon Sathan of the same district.

During the media conference, police also announced four other drug busts involving 1,800kg of marijuana, 7.9kg of cocaine, five weapons and other items seized from suspects.