46kg marijuana seized in Nakhon Phanom

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NAKHON PHANOM, July 16 Forty-six kilogrammes of marijuana were intercepted on the Mekong River last night in Thai waters in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom.

The seizure of 46 pressed bars of marijuana occurred Monday night in Ban Phaeng district after the authorities stepped up their cross-border drug suppression operations and closely monitored the movements of drug smugglers overnight, Ranger Company 2106 chief Capt Pipat Piawiset said.

The authorities found two men who parked a motorcycle near the river and behaved suspiciously, he said. The officials asked to search but the pair fled the scene and left two sacks containing the illegal drug.

The drugs were smuggled from the neighbouring country pending delivery to customers, Capt Pipat said.

Initially, the Nakhon Ratchasima-registered motorcycle was consfiscated pending further investigation.