Speed pills, crystal meth worth Bt30 million seized in Ubon Ratchathani


UBON RATCHATHANI, Aug 5- Three suspected drug traffickers were arrested on Sunday in this northeastern province with 120,000 methamphetamine pills and four packages of ‘ice’ crystal methamphetamine valued at around Bt30 million (about US$1 million).

Son Thammada, 40, Popwaree Yotha, 32, and Artit Songkroh, 29, were captured at a checkpoint on Khemarat-Mukdahan road in Khemarat district while they were travelling by a Chai Nat-registered pickup truck, Pol Col Pairoj Mangkala, deputy chief of Ubon Ratchathani provincial police, told at a press briefing.

During the search inside the vehicle, packages of 120,000 meth pills and four packages of crystal meth were found hidden in a bag. Destinations for delivery, including in Bangkok and its vicinities, were identified on each meth pill packages as well.

According to a preliminary investigation, Mr Son said that he was hired by a Laotian drug agent to deliver the meth pills to drug syndicates in the capital, adding that he was committing a drug offence for the first time.

Initially, they were charged with possession of the meth pills and crystal meth with intent to sell.