DPM Chalerm & Police chief announce Nakhon Sawan and Chiang Mai drug busts

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BANGKOK, 23 April 2013 Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and National Police chief Adul Saengsingkaew have announced the arrests of two groups of drug smugglers who were attempting to haul methamphetamine pills and Ice. 

The first group was arrested in Nakhon Sawan by the Immigration Police and Provincial Police based in the province. 64,000 Meth pills and 30 kilograms of Ice were discovered on an 18-wheel rice carrying truck. The bust was made in Tha-ngiew sub-district of Banphotphisai, Nakhon Sawan. The narcotics seized had a market price of 100 million baht.

Another group of smugglers was nabbed in front of Thaton market in Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai province. The 5 smugglers, who were ethnic hill tribesmen, were trying to transport 400,000 Meth pills and 13 kilograms of Ice.

An arrest was also made in Khonkaen, uncovering 38,000 Meth pills. One man was arrested at a road checkpoint while another man that came with him ran away. Chawalit Ponglakkham, who is in police custody, has confessed that the batch of drugs originated from a neighboring country, and that the man on the run assisted him in finding buyers for the drugs.