Police on Saturday (Aug 12) seized 980 bars of compressed marijuana, weighing about 980 kilogramme in total, in a search of a van which had been abandoned in a bush in Muang district of Sakon Nakhon province.
Villagers of Ban Don Tum in Tambon Ngiu Don on Friday night informed Muang district police after they found a black Hyundai H1 van abandoned in a bush behind a fertiliser plant. The van’s doors were locked.
Pol Col Kanapot Panomchai of Muang Sakon Nakhon police station said police got a tip-off that trafficking gang would enter Tha Rae district last night (Aug 11), so, checkpoints had been set up to inspect suspicious vehicles.
Officers at a checkpoint stopped the black Hyundai van for a search, but the driver sped away until villagers informed the police that they found the car abandoned at the scene, he said.
A team of police went to the scene on Saturday morning and forced open the van for a search.
The police found in the van 980 bars of dried marijuana, weighing altogether about 980kg, contained in cardboard boxes and plastic bags.
Police inspected documents found in the van and collected fingerprints evidence to trackdown the drug traffickers who are suspected of being a member of transnational drug gang.