Nearly 6,000 methamphetamine tablets were recovered from a Sattahip roadside where they reportedly were tossed by drug dealers.
The 5,920 ya ba tablets and 30.2 grams of crystal meth reportedly were left by messengers who got the drugs from Rayong Central Prison. The narcotics were destined for a local drug dealer.
Navy anti-drug officers observed the messengers toss the drugs from a speeding motorbike at the fourth-kilometer market of Highway 332 near the Kaseampo-Je intersection, but were unable to apprehend them.
Police believe the drugs are tied to the recent arrest of two men working for a private contractor on the Sattahip Naval Base, who were caught with 1,014 ya ba pills.
The drugs came from the Rayong prison, which reportedly is awash in illegal narcotics and is a source of many of the drugs flowing through Sattahip.
The two suspects told authorities that the base had a number of dealers who received their drugs at the Highway 332 drop-off point.
The navy issued orders to Rayong Central Prison to clean up its act and stamp out the drug trade.