Huge drug cache seized in Bangkok 

The Royal Thai Police yesterday (Dec 4) unveiled the record seizure of drugs in the capital with 12 million methamphetamine pills and 12 kilograms of “Ice” or crystal methamphetamine.

Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said the seizure followed the arrest of Pongsakorn Phaworn, a drug suspect, in Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district earlier this month.

Gen Chakthip Chaijinda

Mr Pongsakorn was arrested while in possession of 10.3 million methamphetamine pills. The suspect allegedly named two more persons in his network–Sarawut Nuern-Phu and Alongkorn Yongprayutalong.

Both men were later kept under surveillance which led to the information that a major consignment of meth pills was being brought into Bangkok from the northern part of Thailand.

Mr Sarawut was responsible for driving the pickup truck with the drugs into Bangkok and leave the vehicle in Soi Phraya Suren 19 in Bang Chan district.  Then Mr Alongkorn would come to drive the pickup truck out of the Soi.

As Mr Alongkorn got in the vehicle, plainclothes police officers showed up and apprehended both of them.

The search of the vehicle found drugs wrapped in plastic packages which were concealed among orange packs.

The arrest of the two led to a raid on a rented house in Klong Sam Wa district where 12kg of Ice was confiscated. The house had apparently been used as a holding point to distribute the drugs in Bangkok.

Police were going after 3-4 suspects in the drug network, Pol Gen Chakthip said, adding that this is the largest drug haul being seized in the capital in many years.