CHIANG RAI – Two hilltribe teenagers hired to smuggle yaba (Methamphetamine Pills) have been arrested with 400,000 speed pills in their suitcases on a Bangkok-bound bus. The bus was stopped for a search in Chiang Rai late Thursday night.
Mae Lao police stopped the Chiang Rai-Bangkok interprovincial passenger bus at a road checkpoint in tambon Dong Mada in Mae Lao district at around 9.30pm, following a tip that traffickers would be smuggling a large quantity of drugs into Bangkok via a passenger bus.
The officers searched the bus and noticed two young teenagers, aged 15, acting suspiciously.
When they checked their bags in the luggage compartment of the bus they found packages containing 200,000 speed pills in each bag, totalling 400,000 pills.
The two young boys, confessed they had picked up the drugs from a friend at a border area in Mae Sai district.
The drugs would be sent to Ayutthaya, where someone would later come to smuggle them into Bangkok.
If the drugs were sucessfully Â delivered, they would receive 300,000 baht for the job, said the suspects.
They admitted they had previously been hired to smuggle drugs before being arrested.