Sakchai Kaerod, 50, was arrested at the Kanchanaburi border late last month for allegedly smuggling drugs worth millions of baht, in a raid that has just been openly released to the press by Thai law enforcement.
The alleged smuggler was found driving a 12-wheeler truck containing 77 kilograms of heroin, 1,385 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 500 kilograms of ketamine while he was passing a border checkpoint in Thong Pha Phum District around 11:00 PM on August 24.
Investigators from the Thong Pha Phum police station began an interrogation on the following day and brought the suspect to the scene where he allegedly had picked up the truck used for smuggling.
Sakchai claimed that he would drive his white pickup truck to the area where the wheeler truck carrying thousands of kilograms of the illegal drug was parked. He was reportedly hired three times by an unknown person for 70,000-150,000 baht each time to deliver the drugs to unidentified clients at a meeting point before reportedly taking a public passenger van back to the pickup area and driving his vehicle back to his place in Ratchaburi.
Police Colonel Kritsana Pattanacharoen, the deputy police spokesman, said that one of the masterminds behind the drug trafficking is believed to be a Burmese national who lives near a border around Ban Phra Chedi Sam Ong. The officials are in the process of gathering evidence to call for an arrest warrant approval soon.
Law Enforcement officials nationwide are also commanded to increase strict surveillance on all kinds of trafficking along the national borders and to keep investigating cases which may possibly lead to the arrest of drug trafficking networks across the country.
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