Million methamphetamine pills seized at Thai-Myanmar border

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BANGKOK, April 25 – The Thai authorities arrested drug smugglers and seized more than one million methamphetamine during the past three days as drug smuggling along the borders with neighbouring countries is on the rise, Deputy Premier Chalerm Yubamrung said on Thursday.

Mr Chalerm said police searched a suspicious vehicle in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang district on Monday and found 120,000 meth pills.

On Tuesday police intercepted a car at the Kewsatai checkpoint in Mae Chan district and confiscated an added 120,000 pills of methamphetamine. Three suspects were detained for further investigation during the clash as the suspects were trying to escape arrest.

Yesterday, Mr Chalerm said, police intercepted an attempted delivery of 960,000 meth pills to Chiang Mai’s Mae Ai district awaiting distribution into the inner city.

The drug smugglers eluded the police and fled the scene.

The deputy premier said drug smuggling routes are found both along Thailand’s northern and northeastern borders, but the authorities alert to try to intercept the moves.

Mr Chalerm said the notorious Yi Say drug network has changed its former trademark seal on its drug packages to a new one, while intelligence reports indicated that some other drug networks also have their own logos.