Mongkhol Khamtheera, 26, and Pheeraphol Muang-ngam, 21, both from Saraburi, were arrested at a checkpoint on the Mitrapharp Highway in tambon Kham Muang of Khon Kaen’s Khao Suan Kwang district about 5am.
Highway police found 99 slabs of compressed marijuana in three bags behind the driver’s seat. They were well packed and waterproofed for the rainy season, said Col Aphichart Phojan, chief of highway police in Khon Kaen.
He said the two men confessed they received the marijuana from smugglers in Si Songkhram district of Nakhon Phanom, bordering Laos, and were taking it to Phetchabun province for delivery to a large drug gang.
The suspects said they were to be paid B50,000 for making the delivery, Col Aphichart said.
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