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Police seize 1.3 million 'yaba' pills in Loei

Police in Provincial Region 4 seized 1.3 million methamphetamine tablets, its largest haul in nine recent arrests, from drug traffickers in Pak Chom district in Loei on Saturday night, officers said yesterday.

Police said they had learnt that drug traffickers are transporting as many as 30 million 'yaba' pills from Burma to northern Thailand via Mae Sot district in Tak. But the drugs were due to be sent to Laos first before being loaded onto ships at the pier near a garbage landfill at Tambon Huay Pichai in Pak Chom district.

Police were tipped off by informers on Saturday night that two pickup trucks were parked suspiciously on the road at Ban Nonsawan. Two men carrying "fertiliser" bags out of the trucks fled into the trees when police approached.

Due to darkness and the forest, police were unable to catch the pair.

After checking both pickups, police found five bags filled with methamphetamines - an estimated 1.3 million tablets. Police suspected that this lot is part of the 30 million tablets to be smuggled into the country.




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