West Thailand: Police uncover 6 million baht crystal meth bust in Sam Roi Yot

Photo courtesy of Hua Hin Today

Police netted a colossal 150-kilogramme crystal meth haul in a major drug seizure operation in Sam Roi Yot, Prachuap Kiri Khan province. The discovery was made during a routine traffic check that led to the arrest of two individuals.

Deputy Governor Kittipong Sukphakulkul, representing the Governor, and District Chief Montchai Noonoi, spilled the beans in a press conference held yesterday, January 22. The top echelons of the police force, led by Police Lieutenant General Nayawat Phadernchit and supported by Police Major Generals Wanchai Tharnnathorn and Jamlom Ngamnetr, disclosed the details of the operation that brought these criminals to justice.

The breakthrough occurred on January 21, at approximately 5.30pm, when eagle-eyed traffic officers spotted a vehicle lacking this year’s tax sticker. What seemed like a routine stop quickly escalated when the inspection of the vehicle, driven by a 34 year old man with an 18 year old female passenger, revealed a shocking discovery.

Five conspicuous blue sacks in the truck bed held a staggering 150 bundles of crystal meth, wrapped discreetly in black plastic. The street value of this illicit treasure trove is estimated to be around 6 million baht, reported Hua Hin Today.

The case is handed to the Provincial Evidence Examination team for further investigation.

In related news, officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) and Immigration Police arrested a Nigerian national, along with eight other suspects linked to a sprawling drug trafficking network. The bust unfolded at Pavilion Mansion, Udomsuk 49 Alley, Bang Chak district, Phra Khanong, Bangkok.

African traffickers orchestrated their operations by smuggling cocaine from South America, exploiting Thai women romantically entangled in their web. Some Thai women were even coerced into transporting crystal meth to third countries.

In other news, police arrested five kids aged between 8 and 17 for breaking into a house, holding a drug party inside, and stealing valuables in the Isaan province of Udon Thani.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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