2 Laotians arrested for drug smuggling

Friday, 15 August 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

Banglamung officials arrested two Laotian women who allegedly transported bags full of methamphetamine pills over the border to Pattaya.

Officers from the Banglamung Command Centre for Drugs Elimination apprehended Monta Wongpoothong, 29, and Nang Chaiyabut, 38, in a sting operation at the Noppakao Hotel, located next to the Pattaya bus station, shortly after they arrived on a bus from Mukdahan.

Banglamung officials arrested two Laotian women who allegedly transported bags full of methamphetamine pills over the border to Pattaya. Officers from the Banglamung Command Centre for Drugs Elimination apprehended Monta Wongpoothong, 29, and Nang Chaiyabut, 38, in a sting operation at the Noppakao Hotel, located next to the Pattaya bus station, shortly after they arrived on a bus from Mukdahan. In their shoulder bags, the women allegedly were carrying 1,025 ya ba tablets which they had arranged to sell for 110,000 baht. What they didn’t know was the buyer was an undercover Banglamung security officer. The women, from Savannakhet Province in Laos, confessed they worked for a big Laotian meth dealer who regularly had them take the Mukdahan-Pattaya bus to bring drugs to the city, police said.Police have spelled out “ya ba” with the 1,025 pills they allegedly seized from two Laotian women.

In their shoulder bags, the women allegedly were carrying 1,025 ya ba tablets which they had arranged to sell for 110,000 baht. What they didn’t know was the buyer was an undercover Banglamung security officer.

The women, from Savannakhet Province in Laos, confessed they worked for a big Laotian meth dealer who regularly had them take the Mukdahan-Pattaya bus to bring drugs to the city, police said.

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