By The Nation
ONCB secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk and Maj Gen Phanudej Boonruang, deputy commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau no.5, announced the arrest of Suwit Promon, 26, of Bangkok’s Ratburana district.
Niyom said the arrest was made after the ONCB received tip-offs that a gang had smuggled the drug from neighbouring countries to store at a rented warehouse in Pathum Thani for smuggling to other countries.
Pol Maj Suriya Singhakamol, deputy ONCB chief, said after a stakeout at a warehouse in Pathum Thani’s Muang district, a car was spotted driving into the compound at 2am on Tuesday.
The driver, identified only as Moo, managed to escape.
Around 100kg of crystal meth and 91kg of ketamine in the car.
A search of the warehouse found 1,397 kgs of crystal meth hidden in a secret chamber of a six-wheel truck. A similar secret chamber was found in the back of another truck in the same warehouse so they believe the drugs had been unloaded.
Niyom added that ONCB said the suspect had been renting the warehouse for a month to store the drugs pending efforts to smuggle to Malaysia, Australia, Japan and South Korea.
Phanudej said Suwit belonged to the gang that was using an ambulance to smuggle the drugs from the north in September last year.
Police also arrested seven suspects after they raided another warehouse and found similar drugs in Chiang Mai’s Saraphi district last year.