Police arrested an Akah hilltribe man in Chiang Rai’s Mae Chan district late Sunday night for allegedly attempting to smuggle 412,000 methamphetamine pills to Bangkok.
Jirayut Hathaichayanonkul, 20, was arrested when his Mitsubishi Lancer was stopped at a checkpoint on Phaholyothin Road near the Mae Chan-Chieng Saen Intersection. Police found the drug inside the vehicle.
Jirayut said he was hired to take the drug from the border in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district to a recipient in Bangkok.
He said another vehicle checked the road ahead of him, looking for authorities, but this time the driver did not alert him.
Before Jirayut was arrested, police spotted a black Toyota pickup make a right turn leading to Chieng Saen district once the driver spotted the checkpoint. Police chased after the vehicle but failed to catch up.