Police and Security Forces Take Down Drug Smugglers in Chiang Khong District of Chiang Rai

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CHIANG RAI – Pol Lt Gen Montri Sumbunnanond, Commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 5 has told a press briefing that Chiang Rai Mekong Riverine Unit and the 31st Ranger Task Force arrested two men with over 900,000 methamphetamine pills.

Pol Lt Gen Montri said the two as Kachapol Sae Wang, 26, of Mae Fa Luang district, and Yutthana Songsakluechai, 21, of Chiang Saen district.

They tow were arrested at approximately 3pm on Saturday they were intercepted in Ban Nanoy in tambon Wiang of Chiang Khong district by security forces.

A total of 962,000 meth pills were found hidden in the speakers and the rear of the pick-up.

Pol Lt Gen Montri said the Provincial Police Region 5 has confiscated almost 200 million methamphetamine pills during the past seven months as drug traffickers changed smuggling routes to avoid authorities which have stepped up crackdowns.

From October last year to May of this year, Region 5 police has seized over 196 million methamphetamine pills.

Smugglers have changed the route after the number of police checkpoints in the Provincial Police Region 5 covering the upper northern provinces increased to 79 as police step up crackdowns on drug trade.

By Geoff Thomas

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