5.3 million meth pills seized in drug suppression operations

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NONTHABURI, Oct 25 – Three drug traffickers allegedly involved with drug kingpin Ye Say were arrested with 5.3 million meth pills seized.

National Police Chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said that the drug suppression unit arrested three drug dealers aged 18 to 21, one an ethnic Hmong.

Some 5.3 million meth pills, two cars, six mobile phones and another 15 tangible assets were seized in a rented house in Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret district.

Gen Adul said the drug suppression unit had monitored the dealers’ movement for some time. Police intercepted two suspects on Tiwanon Road as they attempted to transfer a large box from a pick-up truck into a sedan. Some 800,000 meth pills were found in the box.

The suspects confessed there were another 1.5 million meth pills at their Pak Kret house.  Another dealer, meanwhile, called the two while they were in detention and said another lot of 3 million meth pills would be delivered to clients in Petchabun province. The police then arrested the third accomplice, following the tipoffs.

Police said all the detainees were linked to Lt Col Yi Say’s  drug trafficking network and that there were some 12 million meth pills produced in this lot, with some already distributed.

Meanwhile, the authorities also seized nearly 30,000 meth pills, with a street value of more than 5 million baht in an unrelated operation. A 25 year-old Lao dealer was arrested at a hotel in northeastern Nakhon Phanom province. He confessed he was hired by a Lao drug lord to transfer the drugs from the Lao PDR across the Mekong River into Thailand.