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4.2m speed pills seized in 2 police operations
« on: March 02, 2012, 08:11:20 PM »
Drug suppression authorities seized altogether more than 4.2 million methamphetamine pills in two separate actions in Chaing Rai and Tak provinces on Friday.

In Chiang Rai, police seized a little over 4 million speed pills after giving chase to three vehicles which sped past a checkpoint in Chiang Rai province about 1.30am.

Pol Col Surachet Topunyanont, the acting Chiang Rai police chief, said police and para-military rangers from Mae Chan district manning the checkpoint on the Mae Ai - Mae Chan road gave chase to one pick-up truck and two motorcycles after they did not stop for a search.

They later found the runaway vehicles abandoned on the road to Ban Yao Pong Pa Khaem.  There was no sign of the drivers or passengers.

They found 34 packs in the back of the pick-up truck. They contained 60 bags containing 4,080,000 amphetamine tablets.

Pol Col Surachet said the drugs were believed to have been smuggled across the border from Myanmar into Thailand via Mae Chan district.

In Tak province, police arrested three men with 200,000 speed pills in their possession in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district on Friday, Pol Col Thanomsak Yospen, the Mae Sai police chief, said.

Acting on a tip-off, Mae Sai police and narcotics suppression officers hid in wait in front of the immigration checkpoint near the Mae Sai - Myawaddy bridge in Mae Sai district.

They spotted a white van crossing the bridge from Myawaddy as predicted, and followed it to the Regina Hotel in tambon Wiang Phang Kham.

At the hotel, the driver, identified later as Surachet Taluang, 52, was met by Chamras Prompanya, a hotel security guard, and they both took two plastic bags out of the van.

Police then moved in for a search and found out the two bags contained 200,000 speed pills.

The two said they were paid 60,000 baht to deliver the drugs to a person they named as Thongdee Sriwichai in Mae Sai district, Pol Col Thanomsak said.

Mr Thongdee was later arrested.  He admitted to having ordered the speed pills from Myanmar and the drugs were to be further sent to Bangkok, the Mae Sai police chief said.

Police investigations were continuing.

Deputy PM Chalerm Yubamrung, who is in charge of nationwide drug suppression, said today he is certain the war-on-drugs national agenda will achieve its goal in one year, as promised by the government.

He said this success would be the result of cooperation between police forces and the army in building a barbed wire fence along the northern border which will limit smugglers' entry routes into Thailand.

The increased border protection would funnel the traffickers into more checkpoints, leading to more arrests.

He said that he would be visiting Chiang Mai next week to meet with authorities and the administrations of eight northern provinces to discuss drug issues.

He said he has made the war-on-drugs a regional agenda with the ultimate goal to stop the widespread presence of illicit  drugs in Thailand by guarding the border.

He also said that he would be paying more attention to cough medicine and other medicines that contain  ingredients that could be used for drug production. Police would be looking to stop both outbound drug  ingredients and inbound drugs.

Mr Chalerm said two suspects had been arrested in today's seizure of four million methamphetamine pills in Chiang Rai. Two others were still on the run but had been identified and police would obtain warrants for their arrest.

He said he had told police to exercise restraint in the pursuit  and to avoid extrajudicial killing.
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