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Udon Police Seize Record Drug Haul

Post by Udon Map » August 22, 2018, 8:50 am

From The Bangkok Post
By Yuttapong Kumnodnae

UDON THANI: Some 3.2 million speed pills and 170 kg. of crystal methamphetamine from Laos were seized and a Thai man caught on Tuesday in the largest seizure of illicit drugs in this northeastern province.

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Nineteen sacks, containing 3.2 million speed pills and 170kg of crystal methamphetamine or ya ice, are wrapped in black plastic sheets found in a lorry transporting cement powder in Udon Thani on Tuesday. The driver of the truck is caught for smuggling the drugs from Laos. (Photo by Yuttapong Kamnodnae)

Police found 19 sacks wrapped in black plastic sheets inside a cement powder lorry parked in the compound of a cement factory in Muang district on Tuesday. Thirteen of the sacks contained 3.2 million speed pills while six others held 170 kg of crystal methamphetamine, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Peerapong Wongsamarn, chief of Udon Thani police.

Truck driver Khanchit Champathong, of Udon Thani, was caught shortly before the seizure by patrol police. Mr. Khanchit was riding a motorcycle to the cement factory when he was stopped by the police.

The search found 14,000 speed pills on his bike. The officers extended the search and found 12,000 more pills in his living quarters inside the factory. He was taken for interrogation and police found he worked as a driver at the cement factory.

A search of the truck he drove uncovered the drugs, the largest seizure of narcotics in this northeastern province, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachai.

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A large quantity of drugs are put on display during a media briefing in Udon Thani. (Photo by Yuttapong Kamnodnae)

Mr. Khanchit had driven the lorry containing cement powder to Laos before he was approached by a drug dealer identified as Chaiporn to smuggle the products into the country, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachai.

Mr. Khanchit, a drug addict who took 2-5 speed pills a day, accepted the job. He drove the vehicle across the Thai-Lao friendship bridge to deliver cement powder to the Lao side on Aug 16 and took the opportunity to get the drugs from Mr. Chaiporn. On the following day, he drove the lorry back to the Thai side, using the friendship bridge and was not stopped for a search. He later parked the lorry inside the factory while waiting for someone to pick up the drugs.

He said he was caught before being paid the promised 200,000 baht.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Surchai ordered police to extend the investigation.

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Courtesy of the Bangkok Post
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Re: Udon Police Seize Record Drug Haul

Post by MusicalBars » August 22, 2018, 3:24 pm

would be great if all thet was now off the streets but will be sold on by the BIB now

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Re: Udon Police Seize Record Drug Haul

Post by GT93 » August 22, 2018, 3:26 pm

Oh blimey. I wouldn't want to be in his flip flops.

I hope he doesn't have kids.

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Re: Udon Police Seize Record Drug Haul

Post by Faraday » August 22, 2018, 4:34 pm

Seem to be huge drug busts here, must have alot of informers.

What length of sentence will he get?

Of course I applaud the busts of Class A, or however they are classified here, but I'm not aware of Rehab Clinics here. Do they have them, proper ones?

Mind you, the UK Government has cut £105 million off drug & alcohol treatment over the last 3 years.

Then some people advocate legalising drugs: profoundly stupid idea.

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Re: Udon Police Seize Record Drug Haul

Post by GT93 » August 22, 2018, 4:44 pm

I suspect he's facing the death penalty although he isn't the Mr. Big behind the deal. Just the mule.

Mr. Big might wear a uniform in his day job.

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Re: Udon Police Seize Record Drug Haul

Post by rick » August 22, 2018, 8:06 pm

As he has confessed death penalty unlikely. If Heroin higher penalty? But probably facing 25 years.

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