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05 December 2010 :: 09:12:07 am 47219

Police Find 2 Million Yah Bah Pills En Route From Northern To Central Thailand

Almost 2 million Yah Bah tablets were found by police in a truck en route from the North to Central Thailand. The drugs were to be distributed during the New Year holiday. Police ignored an attempted bribery and set up a sting operation to arrest more dealers and the arrest led to the confiscation of some Bt373 million in class-1 restricted narcotics.
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Ayuthaya, 4th December 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At 0.30 am, Utaithani Deputy Investigator Police Lieutenant Samart Sukong, and five of his colleagues had set up a check point on the road between Utai Thani and Grokeprah, Moo. 5. Two of the officers stopped a white Isuzu pick up truck (reg. no. Bor Por 822, Saraburi) and told the driver they wanted to check the vehicle.

Unexpectedly, the driver handed 100,000 baht in cash to the two officers. They refused and insisted on examining the truck and testing the driver’s urine. The man continued to offer the stack of money and when he could see the officers remained unimpressed he drove away at high speed heading towards the town of Utai Thaini.

Even though the officers had sent out a radio alert, the truck managed to pass through the next check point but was eventually stopped and the driver arrested. He was later identified as Mr. Tanakorn Patthaisong, [29], residing at 10/474, Soi ramintra 8, Bangken, Bangkok.

An examination of the truck cabin uncovered a pistol and 4 mobile phones. In the back of the vehicle, which was covered by a black plastic sheet, the police found 14 bags containing 1,866,000 Yah Bah tablets. Mr. Patthaisong said he had been paid 200,000 baht to transport them from Uttaradit to Ayuthaya for another courier to bring them to Bangkok and other provinces in Central Thailand. He said they had been using this route most of the time.

The Uthai Thaini police then set up a sting operation with the Ayuthaya police by driving Mr. Patthaisong’s truck to Ayuthaya to the agreed drop off point at Soi 9, Chingrak Noi Bangsai. Two men arrived at the meeting point, and the police showed their badges and arrested them. They were identified as Mr. Saknarin Dowsook, [30], a local man and Mr. Wirat Wongrungrong, [25], from Patumthani. The police later found one kg. of Yah Ice in their house.

Police Major General KornEak revealed this was one of the biggest drug hauls on the delivery route from the North to the centre of the country. The combination of check points and the radio network had functioned well and after further investigation they expected to arrest more dealers very soon.

Reporter : PDN staff   Category : Thailand News

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