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Sara Buri police intercept truck with over 2m yaba pills

A Highway Police checkpoint in Sara Buri's Chalerm Phrakiat district intercepted a truck with over 2 million yaba pills, but the two suspects managed to flee, Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) chief Pol General Pongsapat Pongcharoen told a press conference yesterday at the Highway Police Division in Bangkok.

The unidentified suspects in the truck were signalled to stop at the checkpoint for a police search, but sped away and then crashed the truck onto a railway fence, before fleeing on foot into a nearby wooded area. The chasing police officers discovered the yaba pills in six sacks in the back of the truck. The vehicle was later identified as belonged to a Phop Phra district resident in Tak province. Pongsapat said the batch of yaba pills was suspected of belonging to the network of alleged Myanmar drug lord Lt Col Yi Sae.

In related news, police arrested Asudi Jehheh, 33, a former vice-president of Tambon Bang Bor Administration Organisation in Narathiwat's Muang district and former drug convict Ahama Deuramae, 38, along with 200,000 yaba pills in Surat Thani's Ban Na San district. The suspects reportedly confessed to being hired to transport the drugs from Bangkok to Pattani in exchange for Bt500,000 in payment.

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