Police seized a record haul of 1,199 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, with a street value of more than 600 million baht in the southern province of Surat Thani over the weekend.
The Deputy Police Chief of Phun Phin district, Pol Maj Suchart Kuachim, announced the discovery and arrest of three Thai men following a routine stop at a security checkpoint.
A six-wheel Isuzu lorry was stopped on the southbound side of Highway 41 in tambon Nong Sai at a police checkpoint at around 5 am on Saturday.
The three men inside the lorry informed police that they were delivering sacks of cow manure when officials decided to search the back of the vehicle.
Inside the lorry, police discovered around 30 black plastic bags partially hidden underneath the cow dung sacks.
Inside the black bags were a total of 1,199 kilograms of crystal meth.
All three men – 43-year-old Suvit Nungsong, 56-year-old Somsak Sunthornnon, and 50-year-old Somporn Chaipakdee – were arrested. The drugs and lorry were both seized at the checkpoint.
The enormous amount of drugs led to a Deputy National Police Chief, Pol Gen Suchart Teerasawat, flying to Surat Thani early on Sunday morning to join other high ranking officers with investigating the matter.
Pol Gen Teerasawat said that information obtained from the police database of the Region 8 Office of the Narcotic Control Board has led to the belief that the drugs were smuggled into Thailand via a border with Myanmar in the north.
He continued by saying that the drugs were likely heading south where they would have crossed the border again into a neighboring country and then been distributed to Europe.
The lorry driver, Mr. Nungsong, said that he had been hired by one of the other men, Mr. Chaipakdee, to collect the drugs from Samut Sakhon and deliver them to Satun province.
The record discovery follows 11 individuals’ arrest over the first weekend in July as Thai police continue to crack down on drug trafficking across the county.
Source: Bangkok Post