The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) announced the arrests of two alleged drug smugglers and the confiscation of 6 million methamphetamine pills and properties in dispute worth more than 21 million baht.
Police General Roy Ingkapairote, Deputy police chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), ordered the ONCB police to conduct an expanding investigation of two drug networks which eventually led to the arrests on Sunday, June 26th.
In the first case, suspect Wattana Sriwilai, 48, was captured along with 1,976,000 methamphetamine tablets while reportedly in the process of transferring them onto a 6-wheel vehicle. He told the police that he was hired by a Lao man, whose name was unknown and who he claimed to be unable to contact, for 100,000 baht to drive the truck to transport the drugs from Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen, to Saraburi province.
In the second case, suspect Khueanphet Chamnanreeng, 26, was arrested in Nakhon Ratchasima along with 11 bags of methamphetamine pills (or about 3,880,000 tablets), 30 sticks of heroin, weighing about 10.5 kilograms, and 60,000 pills of ecstasy. Detailed information on the motives surrounding this smuggling was not released by the ONCB.
The expanding investigation would be conducted to identify the drug network and arrest those involved for further prosecution.
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