Huge drug bust in Chiang Rai

Police have arrested three Lahu tribesmen and seized 902,000 methamphetamine pills, with street worth of more than 500 million baht, in Muang district of Chiang Rai province.

Officers received a tip that a large amount of illegal drugs would be smuggled from Myanmar into Thailand through Chiang Rai. Pol Col Pongsak Limchalermchat, deputy commander of Border Patrol Police Region 3, said he subsequently ordered police to keep a close watch on roads from the neighbouring country from Friday night.

On Saturday morning, he said, police spotted two pickup trucks, running from the border area along the Nong Mor-Rongkhun road in tambon Mae Kon of Muang district. They signalled the drivers to stop for a search.

But the two drivers refused to stop their vehicles and police had to fire gunshots into the air to force them to stop.

Police found 902,000 ya ba pills on the pickup trucks' back seats.

Arrested were Suchart Chodaku, 28, Arbue Seduku, 38 and Piratchai Wuisueku, 38.

The suspects told police that they had been paid to deliver the illegal drugs from Myanmar to Mae Kon sub-district.

After that, they said, other members of the drug trafficking gang would be further transporting the illegal drugs down to Bangkok and nearby Nonthaburi province.

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Discussion 1 : 14/12/2013 at 06:47 PM
Yes, but who MONITORS the seized drugs in police property lockers? After all, if Thai visas can go missing from inside Thai consulates overseas than anything's possible. Especially considering the huge value of these drug seizures, they need to be securely stored, inventoried & regularly tested for purity before being destroyed after trial. Sad to say, it's too easy for seized drugs to be stolen by corrupt officials after being swapped out for counterfeit substances. It's like the fixes guarding the chicken coop. from iPhone application.
Discussion 2 : 14/12/2013 at 06:01 PM
The daily proof that current Thai drug policy is a total failure that does nothing whatsoever to help a single decent Thai citizen. It does greatly help corrupt officials and mafia scum, but why are so many so keen to consistently help these two groups? Surely it is better not be so actively supporting corruption and mafia scum? There is an obvious opportunity for the protesters on the streets of Bangkok to make a stand here: demand that Thai drug laws stop encouraging corruption and the worst type of scum.
Discussion 3 : 14/12/2013 at 12:56 PM
Busting the little tribesmen and letting the real culprits go free, at least they confiscated the junk.

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