Bangkok Hypnosis

Police seize 4 million speed pills in Chiang Rai

Posted by Sun on March 5, 2012

Chiang Rai police yesterday seized more than 4 million methamphetamine, or speed, tablets from a pickup truck left in Mae Chan district.

Police show monster drugs haul : Anti-narcotics police at the Royal Thai Police Office yesterday display 34 backpacks containing a combined total of more than 4 million methamphetamine tablets and another set of 200,000 tablets seized separately in Chiang Rai province over the past two days. KOSOL NAKACHOL

Provincial police chief Surachet Thopunyanon said his team received a tip-off that a large amount of illegal drugs would be trafficked into Thailand via the Mae Ai-Mae Chan Road.

Investigators started tracking a group of suspected drug traffickers. The suspects managed to run away but left a pickup truck with a Lampang licence plate in Ban Lao Fu Moo 20 village in tambon Patung.

Police found 34 backpacks in the truck with 60 packets of methamphetamine tablets in each bag. Altogether, 4.08 million tablets were found.

Police identified the owner of the truck as Chidphon Bua-ngoen, a resident of Lampang’s Ngao district. The person believed to be the driver yesterday is known as Wutthiphong Kitbamrungkun or Cha-sue Chaside, an assistant headman in Ban Chakorna village.

Police will track the two down, said Pol Maj Gen Surachet.

Meanwhile, in Bangkok, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung told a news conference that Chiang Rai police on Thursday arrested two drug trafficking suspects and seized 200,000 methamphetamine tablets.

Mr Chalerm claimed that drug trafficking in Thailand has been declining because of the police’s operations.

“I thank Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief, for building barbed wire fences along the Sai River in Chiang Rai. The fences have made it more difficult for drug traffickers to enter Thailand,” he said.

Mr Chalerm will this weekend visit Lop Buri, which he claimed is a distribution hub for narcotics.

“My sources say the province is now the Colombia of Asean,” he said.

The government’s main drugs suppression strategy is to prevent reactant substances for drug production from leaving the country and to keep narcotic drugs from coming in. Mr Chalerm is confident the measures will lead to a reduction of the drugs problem.

Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri yesterday voiced his concern that space is running out for the storage of seized narcotics under the care of the Food and Drug Administration. The facility has a capacity to hold up to 30 tonnes of drugs and now stores 25 tonnes.

“Over the past four to five months, the amount of evidence drugs sent for storage has doubled,” Mr Witthaya said.

Drugs kept in storage are for evidence in cases still on trial. They can be destroyed only at the end of the judicial process. If a case is suspended, the evidence must be kept for at least 20 years, or until the case resumes and concludes.

Mr Witthaya said he would ask the cabinet for an expansion of the storage facility or for a change in the law so that the impounded drugs could be kept for a shorter period.



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