By Natthawat Laping
Narcotics Suppression Bureau’s third regional commander Pol Maj-General Watchara Thipmongkol said the drugs were reportedly supplied by the South Wa hill-tribal group based bear Ban Pha Khao area in Myanmar – opposite to Chiang Rai’s Mae Fa Luang district.
The illicit drugs were seized from a car that had broken away from a checkpoint in Tambon Mae Chaen in Mae Chan district at 11.23pm on June 11. Police chased the vehicle and cut it off near Wat Phra That Saeng Kham. Two suspects from the car fled into the darkness leaving behind the large haul of drugs in 15 sacks.
As part of this investigation, police and military officers the following morning searched a target house in Tambon Pateung, where they arrest a male suspect identified as Jasor Nunuko for questioning.
Watcharacha credited the bust as among the many successful arrests in the North made possible by related officers’ integration in intelligence and drugs-intercepting operations.
The heavy crackdown has also led to drug gangs shifting their approach from previously sending a large batch of narcotics to multiple distributors – at more than 10 million meth pills at a time – to now sending narcotics in a smaller amount in the hope of better avoiding detection, but the Thai authorities could still catch them, he added.