Highway Police arrest ethnic Hmong with 1.3 million meth pills


CHUMPHON, Dec 19 — Highway Police intercepted a shipment of 1.3 million methamphetamine pills hidden in a pickup truck carrying vegetables to Phuket.

Chunmporn-based Highway Police inspector Charoenpong Khantilo led police to set up checkpoints to prevent crime and illegal smuggling before Christmas and New Year’s Festival and found suspicious pickup truck on Phetkasem Road at Hat Krai sub-district.

Police searched the vehicle carrying 12 baskets of vegetables and found each basket had a hidden bag inside, and bags contained 1.3 million meth pills.

The driver was identified as Ong-art Sengya, 39, an ethnic Hmong living in Chiang Mai’s Mae Wang district.

Mr Ong-art said he was hired to carry the drug by vegetable vendor named Jeh Phon in Ratchaburi’s Sri Mueang market to deliver to a major drug agent in Phuket.