Truck driver arrested with 1.1m meth pills

Police take a wrapped package of methamphetamine pills from one of the 200-litre plastic containers at a press conference in Bangkok on Monday. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

A man has been arrested with 1.1 million methamphetamine pills by Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) police at a checkpoint in Lampang's Mae Phrik district.

Speaking at  NSB headquarters, Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakhan, a deputy police chief, said Sakda Srisod, 30, of Kamphaeng Phet's Khlong Khlung district, was detained early on Monday after a Hino truck he was driving was stopped for a search at the Mae Phrik checkpoint.

Found in his possession were 1.1 million meth pills in wrapped packages inside three 200-litre plastic containers. Three mobile phones were also seized as evidence.

NSB police followed the truck from Chiang Rai along Phahon Yothin Road before signalling police at the Mae Phrik checkpoint to intercept it.

The Mae Phrik checkpoint is equipped with an x-ray machine to scan for drugs, Pol Gen Chalermkiat said.

Mr Sakda allegedly said he bought the truck in Kamphaeng Phet  early last month.  He had earlier been hired twice to deliver drugs using his truck from Muang district of Chiang Rai along the country's main highway instead of secondary roads to avoid being suspicious. He was paid 300,000 baht. 

Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Charoenwong, deputy NSB commissioner, said most methamphetamine pills were now transported in large consignments from the North using big trucks instead of small vehicles, and using main highways instead of secondary roads.

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