Two suspects arrested in possession of 94 kg of crystal meth


BANGKOK, Aug 21 – Two Thai drug dealers were arrested with 94 kg crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice,” in their possession, according to Thailand’s national police chief Gen Wichien Pojphosri.

The suspects were Sarayut Taeng-ngarn, 27, and Chaiyapruk Sirisoontorn, 25.

Mr Sarayut was first apprehended in the capital’s vicinity of Pathumthani province in front of Zeer Rangsit IT and electronics shopping centre, where the 94 bars of crystal meth were hidden in paper boxes inside his pickup truck. He confessed the illegal drug was to be sent to Mr Chaiyapruek at a PTT gas station in Bangkok’s Lad Prao area.

Both confessed this was the third time they had trafficked the illegal drugs.  They said they trafficked 30 kilogrammes of ice the first time and 20 kilogrammes the second time before they were arrested on this third attempt. Mr Sarayut received Bt100,000 payment for each time while Mr Chaiyapruek got Bt300,000.

This lot of drug was bound for a southern border province to be smuggled into a neighbouring country.

The suspects were sent to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau for further questioning. Investigators will gather evidence to seek the court warrants on Monday for two masterminds of a large drug syndicate in Thailand’s north.

Meanwhile, a Malaysian man was apprehended in the southern province of Songkhla with some ‘ice’ and pseudoephedrine, a substance used to produce methamphetamine.

Tan Ghee How, 28, was arrested by Sadao Immigration Office at the Thai-Malaysian border after having been followed by police from his room in Hat Yai district. Police had been tipped off that the man would use a sedan to smuggle the substance to Malaysia.

Some ‘ice’ was found with the man, while pseudoephedrine was later discovered in his room.

According to an initial investigation, the pseudoephedrine was bought in order to produce crystal methamphetamine for a customer’s order of 30 kg of ice.