Three men and a woman have been arrested in Chumphon for allegedly smuggling 100,000 'yaba' (methamphetamine) tablets worth Bt30 million on the street, while two men were nabbed in Songkhla with 20,000 yaba pills in another case.
Pol Maj-General Puthichart Ekachant, deputy chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, told the press yesterday that the suspects, aged between 33 and 49, had been arrested at a checkpoint in Tha Sae district’s tambon Hong Charoen. The suspects were travelling in two pick-up trucks and a sedan. One of the trucks was found carrying the drugs in a modified secret compartment near the petrol tank.
Suspect Sa-ard Homhuan, 49, reportedly confessed that they had been hired by a prisoner, held for drug-related charges, to deliver the drugs to an agent in Surat Thani in exchange for Bt50,000.
Sa-ard, who was wearing a wristband in the colours of the national flag, said he had recently attended an anti-government rally in Bangkok.
Puthichart also told the press about the other case in which two men were arrested in a gas station in Songkhla’s Rattaphum district with 20,000 yaba pills.