Thai police intercept 700,000 meth pills bound for Bangkok

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BANGKOK, July 5 – Thai police seized 500,000 methamphetamine pills at a gas station in Ayutthaya while an additional 200,000 meth pills were seized from Lao suspects apprehended in the northeastern province of Nong Khai.

Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) secretary-general Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen  told a press briefing of the arrests of the two drug suspects, believed to be part of the network of Lt Col Yi Se, with 500,000 methamphetamine pills and 10kg of crystal meth, or ice, valued at Bt177 million at a gas station in Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in.

The police were informed that smugglers would transport the narcotics from the northern province of Chiang Rai to Bangkok.

The police intercepted the two suspects at an Ayutthaya gas station and confiscated 200,000 methamphetamine pills and four kilos crystal meth when searching their car.

The pair are Sompong Kiewpra-in, 40, a native of Korat and his 28-year-old Lao girlfriend, Bayan Phuphet. Police found additional 300,000 meth pills and six kg of ice hidden in a deserted plot of land near the gas station.

Pol Gen Pongsapat said the ONCB worked with the Myanmar drug suppression agency in an attempt to smash four or five more rings delivering narcotics to Thailand and some to Malaysia.

Mr Sompong has a record as a drug dealer, having been arrested in 1999, and served six years in prison. He was later arrested as an illegal drug user in 2004. This time, he said he was hired for Bt200,000 to deliver the drugs and tempted his girlfriend to travel with him in Ayutthaya before they were arrested

In another case, police arrested two Lao drug traffickers, identified as Ms Promma, 46 and her 17-year-old son, who were transporting 220,000 meth pills hidden in a pickup truck, said Pol Gen Parinya Chansuriya, deputy commissioner of metropolitan police.

They were arrested at a supermarket in the northeastern province of Nong Khai. The police knew about the plan to smuggle drugs from the neighbouring country into the kingdom before distributing the illegal drugs to retailers in Bangkok and Samut Prakan.

The suspect confessed to being hired to deliver drugs to customers. They have been charged with having illegal drugs in their possession for sale.