Police arrest two drug traffickers; seize one million methamphetamine pills


BANGKOK, May 2 – The police arrested two suspected drug traffickers, members of a major drug syndicate in the North, Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong told a news conference on Wednesday.

In an operation to suppress illegal drugs, the police detained two suspects, Charnnarong Chombunrueng and Kritsanatorn Pataranonwongsa, and seized 1,020,000 methamphetamine pills.

Mr Charnnarong was arrested as he was about to deliver the illicit drug to a customer.  Police confiscated 100,000 meth pills found in his car.

Afterward, police found nearly a million more pills — 920,000 pills — and arrested Mr Kritsathorn in a raid at a house in Bangkok’s Bueng Kum district, confiscating 17 account books and a vehicle.

He confessed belonging to a drug syndicate in the North, saying he obtained the drug at Talaad Thai market in Pathum Thani, near Bangkok and was paid 100,000 baht (about US$3,300) per month.

Mr Krisathorn told police that he used the residence as a drug warehouse, having about Bt100 million (US$3.3 million) in drug funds in circulation.