By The Nation
It was suspected that the suspects eluded capture due to a leak among the 50 solders, police, and local administrators involved in preparing the operation.
Officers led by Mae Tha district chief Yothin Prasongkwamdee apprehended drug suspect Sakul Thamchai, 27, along with one yaba pill from a house in Tambon Tha Sob Sao. When his urine test yielded positive results for the presence of an illegal substance, the man confessed that he was addicted to yaba and was handed over to Mae Tha police investigators for further legal actions.
Officers found another seven targeted locations deserted. Some drugs paraphernalia and traces of yaba pills were found at several locations.