It was the largest seizure ever of illicit drugs in this northern province, police said.
Narcotics suppression police and local officers manning a road checkpoint on Highway No 1 between Lampang and Tak ordered a 12-wheel truck with Chiang Rai licence plates with a tarpaulin covered load on the back to pull over for a search.
When they removed the tarpaulin they found a cargo of new sofas and office furniture.
There was a strange odour coming from the furniture, raising suspicions the truck was carrying illicit drugs. It was taken to the nearby Mae Phrik checkpoint, where an X-ray revealed a large, concealed secondary cargo.
When the furniture was unloaded, the officers found packages containing 13mn ya bah pills hidden inside more than 30 cabinets and beneath the truck, according to Col Doi Wongphum, deputy commander of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, who led the search.
It was worth about B2.6bn – or B200 a tablet.
The driver, Surasak Panthupan, 47, a native of Chiang Rai, was taken for interrogation. He told police he had been hired to drive the truck and the load of furniture to Ayutthaya province from a place near the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district. He claimed he was unaware there were drugs concealed in the truck.
He was held in police custody at Mae Phrik police station for further interrogation.
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