Police have arrested five suspects in Bangkok for allegedly attempting to smuggle 210,000 methamphetamine pills into the deep South on a bus destined for Narathiwat.
The uspects were identified as Bakoli Dongmuser, 38, Pornprapha Lisen, 36, Sombat Sri-ngam, 34, Phuwanart Muangmun, 39, and Pairin Losen, 43.
The arrest was announced on Monday at a press conference at the Metropolitan Police Bureau by Pol General Chalermkiart Sriworakhan, the deputy police commissioner who heads the anti-narcotics centre of the Royal Thai Police.
Chalermkiart said the five suspects had been arrested at 3:40pm on Sunday while they were about to board a bus to Narathiwat at the Southern Bus Terminal in Taling Chan district.
The suspects admitted that they had been paid Bt50,000 by a man, identified only as “Maeng”, to pick up the drugs from a location and take them to the southern border province. They told the police that they had on a previous occasion managed to smuggle meth pills into the deep South without getting caught, the deputy police chief added.