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Smugglers dump 490kg of marijuana and flee in boat

Apr 29. 2018
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By The Nation

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A total of 490 kilograms of dried marijuana worth Bt15 million in street value were seized by Thai authorities in Bung Kan province on Saturday, but the suspected Laotian smugglers managed to flee.

Bung Kan custom checkpoint head Prasongsak Boonma said the four Laotian smugglers, who were bringing sacks of marijuana onto the Mekong riverbank on the Thai side early Saturday morning, quickly dropped the illicit drugs on seeing officers approaching and ran towards their boat, whose engine was still running, and fled back to Laos. 

Acting on a tip-off that a huge drug haul was to be smuggled across the Mekong River from Laos to Thailand via Ban Nong Dern Tha in Tambon Nong Dern, officers from the Royal Thai Navy’s Mekong River Patrol Unit, Bung Kan police, and Bung Kan border patrol police division 244 jointly conduct a stakeout in an attempt to make arrests and impound the drugs. The marijuana batch was sent as evidence to the Bung Khla Police Station for further legal action.

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