Billions of baht in illicit drugs found during police search of rented house in Pathum Thani

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BANGKOK, Jan 21 — Over 2 million methamphetamine pills, 30 kg of crystal metaphetamine or ice, and 20 kg of heroin worth billions of baht found during police search of a rented house in Pathum Thani.

The search came after Highway Police tried to arrest a suspected drug dealer on Friday at Phra-in Racha sluice gate in Khlong Raphipat in Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya but during the getaway the suspect’s sedan lost control and fell into a canal between the motorway.

The driver managed to escape as police found two bags of ice weighing three grams an ID from an organisation bearing the name of Mr Nipon Kanchart and a name card of a Lieutenant General.

Pathum Thani Provincial Police Deputy Superintendent Pol Lt Col Jirawat Naewchampa said there was no one in the rented house but there was a car parked on the premises.

During a search of a room under the stairs, police found over 2 million methamphetamine pills wrapped in packs, more than 30 packages of ice at one kg per package and more than 20 packages of heroin also at around one kg per package.

Police estimated that the illicit drugs worth billion baht of street value.

According to an initial investigation, Mr Nipon rented the house for Bt20,000 per month from a former beauty queen and TV star.

Provincial Police Bureau 1 Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Kamronvit Thoopkrachang has inspected the seized drugs and reported to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung.