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Army seizes 7.8m speed pills, 50kg of 'ice' in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI: A military task force seized almost 8 million speed pills and 50kg of crystal methamphetamine from a pickup truck abandoned by a smuggler following a chase in Wiang Chiang Rung district late Friday night.


By Bangkok Post

Saturday 19 May 2018, 02:46PM


Soldiers pose with some of the 7.8 million speed pills and 50kg of crystal methamphetamine seized in Chiang Rai during a briefing at the Mengrai Maharaj military camp on Saturday morning. Photo: Royal Thai Army

Soldiers pose with some of the 7.8 million speed pills and 50kg of crystal methamphetamine seized in Chiang Rai during a briefing at the Mengrai Maharaj military camp on Saturday morning. Photo: Royal Thai Army

Soldiers manning a checkpoint at Ban Pha village in tambon Dong Mahawan signalled a new Toyota Hilux Revo pickup truck with no licence plates to stop for a search at around 9.45pm on Friday, but the driver sped off and the troops gave chase.

However, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to plunge into a roadside ditch about 350 metres from the checkpoint. He ran away and escaped in the darkness.

The pills alone have a street value of up to 2.4 billion baht.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Meng Rai Maharaj military camp, Lt Gen Wichak said he believed the drugs belonged to members of an ethnic minority group that had smuggled them onto Thai soil.

He has ordered troops from all units to coordinate efforts with other agencies to stop the influx of illicit drugs into northern border areas around the infamous Golden Triangle.

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