CityNews – On 9th August narcotics supression police informed the public of a series of recent arrests, including one drug sting operation in which drugs were seized with a street price of up to 50 million US dollars.
Police General Adul Sangsingkaew, National Police Commissioner General, announced at a press conference that 4,640,000 pills of methamphetamine (yaba) had been seized, including 4.2. million pills in one bust in Chiang Rai.
Police also recently seized 233 kilograms of heroin in unrelated operations.
The huge seizure of meth ended with the arrest of a drug mule named Chuchart Poonchotepirom, who was stopped with the drugs after leavin Ratsadorn Phakdi Village in the Toeng District of Chiang Rai Province. Police arrested him after a chase on Phu Chi Fha – Phu Sang Road. Chuchart told the police that for transporting the drugs he would have collected 700,000 baht.
Police said they were aware that shipment of drugs would be coming from Myanmar and were intended to be taken to Bangkok.
Northern Thailand is one of the busiest areas on the world for illegal drug activity. What is seized is thought to be the tip of the iceberg, while it is mules who are generally arrested, not suppliers or middlemen. Because of the lure of money to the poor, and drug factories maintaining that billions of baht’s worth of drugs will always be produced, seizures such as the one above will be ongoing.
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