Major drug bust in Kanchanaburi intercepts 300,000 meth pills

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A major drug bust in Kanchanaburi saw security forces intercept a vehicle carrying 300,000 methamphetamine pills hidden in instant noodle boxes. The driver tested positive for drugs and was arrested on multiple charges related to drug trafficking and usage.

The arrest occurred at a security checkpoint in Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi Province, early yesterday. The suspect, 42 year old Piyakanit was driving a white Toyota Fortuner, concealing the drugs inside six boxes of instant noodles.

Authorities had previously received intelligence about a vehicle transporting drugs from the border area of Sangkhla Buri District into the region. In response, they set up a coordinated security checkpoint, where they eventually flagged down the suspect’s vehicle for inspection.

The operation involved several law enforcement agencies, including officers from Thong Pha Phum Police Station and the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, who collaborated with Border Patrol Police and military forces.

Upon searching the vehicle, Piyakanit was found driving alone. Officers discovered six boxes of instant noodles in the car’s storage compartment, each containing tightly wrapped bundles of methamphetamine pills disguised with black plastic bags.

Each bag contained 200 pills, totalling 1,500 bags and 300,000 pills overall. The drugs were confiscated as evidence.

A urine test on Piyakanit revealed a positive result for drug use. Consequently, Piyakanit was charged with several offences, including possessing and intending to distribute a Category 1 controlled substance (methamphetamine) for commercial purposes, which contributes to the spread of drugs among the public and poses a threat to national security and public safety.

He was also charged with driving under the influence of a Category 1 controlled substance and illegal drug consumption.

Piyakanit and the seized drugs were handed over to investigators at Thong Pha Phum Police Station for documentation. The Narcotics Suppression Bureau has been notified to proceed with legal actions, reported Khaosod.

This arrest highlights the ongoing issue of drug trafficking in border areas and the concerted efforts by law enforcement agencies to combat this problem. The collaboration between various police units and military forces underscores the importance of a unified approach in tackling drug-related crimes.

Piyakanit now faces multiple charges and will be subject to legal proceedings. The authorities continue to investigate the origins and intended distribution network of the seized drugs, aiming to dismantle the broader trafficking operations.

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Ryan Turner

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