225 million baht drug haul, seven arrests

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Huge haul: Police display the seized drugs at a press conference yesterday.

Police have arrested seven drug suspects and seized almost a million methamphetamine pills plus crystal ice, ketamine and cash with a combined value of more than 225 million baht in the latest raids, a senior police officer said yesterday.

Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Chaloemkiat Siworakhan said 986,099 meth pills, 8.56kg of crystal ice, six bottles of ketamine and 400,000 baht in cash were seized from seven suspects in four separate cases.

He said one case involved transnational drug smuggling from Myanmar. Chiang Rai police caught three people, Suphachai Larnpor, 39, Pongsak Prommee, 41, and Sophit Kanjanataworn, 41, with 184,000 meth pills and 5kg of crystal ice.

The arrests followed a tip-off from intelligence agents that illicit drugs would be smuggled from Myanmar’s Tachileik district to Thailand through Mae Sai checkpoint.

Officials at the checkpoint stopped a suspicious car for a search and found the drugs hidden in spare tyres. The driver, Mr Supachai, told police he was about to deliver the drugs to Mr Pongsak, who was later apprehended.

Pol Gen Chaloemkiat said Ms Sophit them phoned investigators as they were interviewing Mr Suphachai and Mr Pongsak. She allegedly offered a bribe of 400,000 baht for their release. All three were charged with possession for supply, while Ms Sophit was further charged with bribery.

Bangkok police arrested a Yala man, Masuki Madeeyor, 24, with 608,000 meth pills. He was caught at a hotel in Bang Kapi district where police found the drugs hidden in his car.

Later, Adisak Wannasak, 41, from Si Sa Ket, was stopped by Maha Sarakham police at a petrol station in Borabue district. Officers found 194,000 meth pills in his car.

The fourth case involved Wuttichai Kiriyadee, 26, and Samarnsak Somsri, 27, who were arrested with 3.55kg of crystal ice, 99 meth pills and six bottles of ketamine.

-The Bangkok Post