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Truck found abandoned with 1.4 tons ‘ya bah’

CHIANG RAI: An abandoned pickup truck loaded with 1.4 tons of methamphetamine pills (ya bah) found in Wing Chiat district is believed to be linked to the lethal ambush of a Hmong leader and his family in April.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 22 May 2018, 05:01PM


Police and soldiers inspect sacks containing almost 12 million speed pills seized from an abandoned pickup truck found with one wheel missing in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Chai district on Monday (May 21). Photo: Chinapat Chaiyamol

Police and soldiers inspect sacks containing almost 12 million speed pills seized from an abandoned pickup truck found with one wheel missing in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Chai district on Monday (May 21). Photo: Chinapat Chaiyamol

A total of 57 sacks, containing 11,996,000 speed pills and weighing 1,425 kilograms, were found in the back of the Mazda pickup abandoned on the side of the Chiang Rai-Wiang Chai Rd, near the Myanmar border, on Monday (May 21).

One wheel of the vehicle had fallen off. The driver fled.

The find was reported to police by local residents, Gen Thanitsak Theerasawat, special adviser to the Royal Thai Police Office, told a media briefing today (May 22).

He said drug smugglers had recently begun using secondary roads in northern areas to avoid police checkpoints on main roads. The pickup may have been heading for Phayao. It was overloaded and this might be why the wheel came off.

The 57 packs of speed pills were all stamped with “Y1’’ or “999’’ and believed to belong to a Wa drug trafficking gang, Gen Thanitsak said.

Lt Gen Poonsap Prasertsak, commander of Provincial Police Region 5, said the smuggled cargo was believed to be linked to another seizure of 9.4 million speed pills in Wiang Kaen district on April 2.

It was also linked to the fatal attack on the chief of the Hmong club in Thailand and his family in Wiang Kaen district on April 24, Lt Gen Poonsap said.

Two or more gunmen opened fire on Thaweesak Yodmaneebanphot, 54, the head of Thailand-based Hmong association, and his family in Wiang Kaen district, killing his 40-year-old wife, Maiyia and their 5-year-old daughter, Thanyaporn.

Mr Thaweesak, also kamnan of tambon Por, sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm while his 3-year-old son, Chaimongkol, was hit in the left leg. The victims were driving home from their farm in their pickup truck on the Ban Rom Fa Thong-Ban Pha Tang Rd in tambon Por of Wiang Kaen district when the gunmen attacked.

Mr Thaweesak is a local leader who has campaigned for land rights for residents in Thoeng and Wiang Kaen districts and against the illegal drug trade. The Hmong leader had provided information to police about the smuggling of 9mn ya bah pills prior to the ambush, Lt Gen Poonsap said.

Maj Gen Supachok Thawatteerachai, deputy commander of 3rd Army Region, said large amounts of illicit drugs had been seized since six drug smugglers were shot dead during a clash with a patrol last December. The ambush of the Hmong leader was linked to recent seizures of ya bah, Maj Gen Supachok said.

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Kurt | 22 May 2018 - 17:52:39

A wheel had fallen off! Yeah. With value of that amount?
Here is a complete different scenario playing.
A Mazda pick up can carry 1,425 kg load. Not overloaded.
Follow the drugs!

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