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Speed pill prices plunge to B2 each

BANGKOK: Methamphetamine pills, which cost as much as B300 apiece in Thailand just a few years ago, can now be had for as little as B2 each, say police who arrested a drug suspect in Lop Buri.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 6 November 2022, 09:45AM


Photo: Apichit Jinakul / file

Photo: Apichit Jinakul / file

The revelation followed a sting operation on Thursday (Nov 3) in which undercover officers in Muang district paid a 24-year-old dealer B4,000 and received a plastic bag containing 2,000 speed pills in return, reports the Bangkok Post.

The transaction took place on Naraesuan Rd, near the 3rd Special Forces Regiment base. It followed the arrest of two other suspects with 168 meth pills on Thursday morning at a house in Muang district.

After questioning the pair, police set out in search of the third suspect, later identified as Wiraphat ‘Mac’ Saelee. He has now been detained at the Muang Lop Buri police station along with Manus Chanta and Bangorn Chanchampa, the suspects from the first arrest.

Prices of methamphetamine have been plunging in light of the “extreme volumes” being produced in the region, most of it in lawless pockets of Myanmar, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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In a report released in June this year, the agency said that more than 1 billion methamphetamine tablets were seized in East and Southeast Asia in 2021. 

“Organised crime syndicates and armed groups have exploited the pandemic and political instability in the Golden Triangle and border areas of Myanmar to expand production the past year,” said Jeremy Douglas, the UNODC regional representative based in Bangkok.

“There are very few drug labs found in the region outside the Triangle anymore, the supply continues to surge, and governments and agencies continue to report the same source.”

In September of this year, police in the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham arrested a drug suspect and confiscated 600 meth pills. During questioning, the suspect told police that she was selling them at B7.50 each.

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JohnC | 08 November 2022 - 09:50:17

7.50 Baht each LOL. Who uses Satang anymore, except 7/11 stores giving you back useless change that just gets thrown in a jar at home and never used. Try taking a jar full of Satang to any bank to change for notes or put in an account. They don't want to touch it! Usually just given to the kids to play with.

Kurt | 07 November 2022 - 10:45:30

Wow, that is a 'money shock for the 'Thai Hi-So's drugs production families. But with temporarily production stop the price will go up again. That is how markets work. 'Don't worry, be happy.

 

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