Thai police foil attempt to smuggle one tonne of drugs

BANGKOK (Bernama) – Thai narcotics police have foiled an attempt to smuggle about one tonne of drugs hidden in a pickup truck loaded with cabbages and arrested five men at Nakhon Sawan Province.

Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) Head of interdiction division, Pol Major General Bandit Thisapak said an operation on February 8 and 9 saw the seizure of 900kg of crystal meth (ice) and 100kg of ketamine worth about THB365 million from a pickup truck.

“The pickup truck driver was arrested at a checkpoint on February 8. Later, we nabbed another four members of the syndicate at Suphan Buri and Ratchaburi province.

“Initial investigation revealed the drugs were believed to be from Tak province in the North of Thailand and bound for the south before (it is to be smuggled to the) neighbouring country. My team has been tailing the syndicate since September last year,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Bandit said syndicate members were ‘assigned’ to pick up the drugs at various points to avoid police detection.

“In this case, there are at least three pick-up points prior to its final destination. We are hunting the mastermind now,” he said.