By Natthawat Laping
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, with officers from the Pha Muang Task Force saying the pills were found in the vehicle’s speaker compartments.
The soldiers, working with police, had acted on a tip-off in the morning that an Isuzu D-Max pickup truck – with Chiang Mai licence plate Phor Phor 2715 - would transport a large batch of narcotics from Mae Fah Luang district through Mae Chan, Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong on the way to Wiang Kaen district.
The soldiers and police officers had set up the checkpoint in Ban San That in Tambon Yonok, Chiang Saen district. When they spotted the target vehicle at 1.30pm, they signalled for the driver to pull over. But the vehicle sped away.
The officers gave chase until they caught up with the truck, abandoned at a rubber plantation. While one team searched the plantation for the elusive suspect, another team searched the vehicle and found the drugs hidden in the speaker compartments. The evidence, truck and drugs were sent to Chiang Saen police station for the investigation to proceed.