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Five held in Bt77m meth trafficking case

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing 384,000 methamphetamine tablets worth about Bt77 million with intent to sell.

"They are one of the 11 drug-trafficking gangs operating in Samut Prakan," Pongsapat Pongcharoen, secretary-general of the Narcotics Control Board, said yesterday.

The suspects were identified as Sittipong Waiyapat, 28, Nattakit Thongdee, 27, Chakrit Niljamhaeng, 28, Kwannapa Ittapon, 30, and Suwit Luang-orn, 60.

Nattakit was nabbed in Bangkok's Bang Na district on Tuesday, allegedly on his way to deliver the shipment.

Investigations led to the capture of his accomplices.

Separately, Afridi Resalat, a Pakistani, was picked up on Wednesday after he contacted an Immigration Service Centre in Bangkok about issuing him a visa.

Police had taken out an arrest warrant for Resalat during the past month after a drug suspect detained over 147 kilograms of heroin implicated him.

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