Six tribesmen nabbed with 34 kg of heroin

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BANGKOK, Aug 5 – Six Lisu tribesmen were arrested with 34 kg of heroin in compressed packages, suspected to be delivered to an agent in Malaysia, a senior drug suppression official said today.

Pongsapat Pongcharoen, secretary general of the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), said the heroin, compressed in 98 packs, was found in two suitcases.

He said Anuwat Sinyang, was the negotiator in selling the drug while his brother, Tawatchai Sinyang, and wife Aremi Siri, stored the heroin. Two drivers of the seized truck were identified as Boonchuay Sae-Lee and Kittipong Laomoh.

The heroin was to be delivered to Joan Kurung, who was also arrested.

Pol Gen Pongsapat said Thailand has become a passage route from drugs to neighbouring Malaysia and other countries including Taiwan, Europe and the United States.

In another case, a man, identified as Pornchai Sincharoenrungroj, was arrested with 500,000 meth pills found under the roof of a truck from the North bound for delivery to Pathum Thani.

Police said another accomplice, a hilltribesman identified only as Pi, escaped in a Honda civic with an additional 500,000 meth pills.