Drug smuggling suspects apprehended; 1 million meth pills seized

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BANGKOK, Nov 26 –  Three drug smuggling suspects were arrested today with one million of the gang’s stock of meth pills seized.

Narcotics Supression Bureau deputy commander in chief Pol Maj-Gen Surapol Tuantong announced at a news conference that the first suspect was identified as Worawut Chaihanij, 25, an alleged member of a drug ring in Bangkok’s Klongprem Central Prison with one million meth pills seized. Mr Worawut was arrested at the Navanakorn Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani province while transporting the pills to Bangkok from Ratchaburi.

The second suspect was an Iranian identified as Mahmoud Pourjavadi, 56 apprehended in the capital with crystal meth pills (also called ice) contained in two wine bottles, weighing 1,300 grammes. The Thai police operation was in collaboration with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Thailand.

The third suspect was Saitarn Sae-lim, 39. Ms Saitarn was apprehended at Suvarnabhumi International Airport while she travelling to Thailand from India. Three kilos of ice, hidden in her baggage, were seized.

Gen Surapol said drug smuggling takes place regularly in the country. Drug rings have tried to modify their equipment to carry drugs as well as to develop more sophisticated drug-hiding methods to trick officials.