Chiang Mai authorities seize millions of Yaba pills, along with raw opium

Yaba pills seized, photo by Khaosod.

Chiang Mai authorities made a significant drug bust in the northern province of Chiang Mai. Two members of a drug caravan were arrested and 5.7 million Yaba pills and 6.6 kilograms of raw opium were seized following a clash with soldiers along the Thai-Myanmar border in the Chiang Dao district.

The bust took place on Wednesday night when two military patrols from the Pha Muang task force encountered a group of 13 men carrying modified rucksacks near the Sai Mai border pass in Nong Khiew village of Chiang Dao. The soldiers asked for a search, but the group responded with gunfire.

After a brief exchange of fire, two of the armed men were caught while the others managed to flee. The patrols found 300,000 Yaba pills in each of the 19 rucksacks, along with 6.6 kilograms of raw opium. A pickup truck, a motorcycle and three mobile phones were also seized in nearby areas.

Maj Gen Suparuek Sathapornphon, the commander of the Pha Muang task force, stated that the suspects and the seized items were handed over to the Na Wai police station, Bangkok Post reported.

This latest drug bust in Chiang Mai highlights the ongoing efforts of the Thai authorities to combat drug trafficking in the region. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug, and its widespread use has led to numerous social and health problems in Thailand. The seizure of such a large quantity of pills will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the drug trade in the area.

Drug trafficking and abuse continue to be significant issues in Thailand and the country is taking strong measures to tackle the problem. The Thai government has implemented strict laws and regulations to curb the production and distribution of illegal drugs, and the authorities are working tirelessly to apprehend those involved in the drug trade.

The successful drug bust in Chiang Mai is a positive step towards a safer and healthier society, and the Thai authorities will continue to work towards stamping out the drug trade in the country.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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