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18 million meth pills seized in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI: Authorities seized more than 18 million meth pills in the drug-riddled Golden Triangle, a senior military official said yesterday (Dec 17), following deadly anti-trafficking operations in the border region.


Tuesday 18 December 2018, 09:07AM

Police show off recent drug hauls including 9.8 million meth pills and 77kg of heroin in Chiang Rai. Photo: AFP / Bangkok Post / Apichart Jinakul file

Police show off recent drug hauls including 9.8 million meth pills and 77kg of heroin in Chiang Rai. Photo: AFP / Bangkok Post / Apichart Jinakul file

The Golden Triangle – the lawless wedge of land intersecting China, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos – is the main base of operations for Southeast Asia’s highly lucrative methamphetamine trade.

Attempts to crack down on the influx of drugs into Thailand have resulted in massive seizures and left at least 15 alleged smugglers shot dead in the country’s north since the start of November.

The latest bust occurred in Chiang Rai province on Sunday night after authorities received a tip-off that smugglers were active in the area, later pinpointing two suspicious cars.

“We found and seized bags... all were methamphetamine, about 18.76 million pills,” commander Vichit Wongsang said in a press conference streamed live on Facebook.

Bags taken in the operation were branded with “999”, a trademark associated with Myanmar drug lords.

He added that in the past two months, northern army units had seized about 50mn to 60mn pills in total.

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The operation comes almost two weeks after police in Chiang Rai killed a smuggler in a shootout while two others escaped into the night.

Police said they found 15mn tablets in bags, also marked "999", in that incident.

Traffickers in the region often employ smugglers from local hill tribes but much less is known about the major players involved and the vast amounts of product that makes it through.


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Jor12 | 18 December 2018 - 20:55:46

If you follow the news, and have half a brain, most - if not all of the "factories" are located in neighbouring countries.

Kurt | 18 December 2018 - 11:52:57

All fine PR, but I am waiting to read that drugs factories are destroyed, that the very top thai Hi-So influential Business people are exposed/arrested. Never mind or it are civilians or high  ranking army officers.
But  at that level you have to search for producers of drugs.

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