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Police have seized a haul - valued at more than Bt1 billion
« on: October 20, 2012, 10:46:23 AM »
Huge drug haul up North; several held

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, fourth from left, and National Police commissioner Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew, third left, announce the seizure of illicit drugs and the arrests of many drug suspects at a press conference

BANGKOK: -- Police have seized a total of 2.8 million amphetamine tablets and 31 kilograms of "ice" flakes, valued at more than Bt1 billion, and arrested several people for possessing or trafficking drugs.

The largest haul of 1.3 million amphetamine tablets took place at a checkpoint in Chiang Mai when three pickup trucks were pulled over. Though two vehicles tried to speed away, they were pursued and stopped, police said.

Another 794,000 tablets were seized in Bangkok's Bueng Kum district from a man who was trying to take them to the South. The suspect's initial confessions led to the arrest of another man, who admitted to dealing in drugs with inmates at the Nakhon Si Thammarat prison.

In a sting operation in Chiang Rai, police seized 30kg of ice flakes - a form of methamphetamine - along with 730,000 amphetamine tablets. The shipment, as part of a rendezvous, had been placed along a road and after several hours, a number of couriers showed up to claim the goods. A gunfight with police and soldiers ensued, resulting in the suspects jumping into the Ping River and swimming away.

Police are on the hunt for a Chiang Rai native nameed Sa sae-Thor, who is believed to be behind this exchange.

Police arrested another five suspects in Nakhon Pathom who admitted to selling drugs to inmates at the Samut Sakhon provincial prison. They also nabbed 10,000 tablets, six mobile phones, a pickup truck and two motorcycles that were allegedly used in illegal activities.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said up to 500 million amphetamine tablets were waiting to be smuggled into Thailand, but a team of police officers and soldiers were preparing to intercept the shipment.

He said the government was aiming to limit or stop the demand for drugs and as a result "no permits for night-entertainment venues to operate would be granted". He did not elaborate.

Chalerm added that a seminar aimed at raising awareness on drugs and further working out long-term solutions would be held on October 28 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

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