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Big drugs consignment seized in flood-hit South
By The Nation




SURAT THANI: -- Police seized 298,000 “yaba” pills with a street value of Bt60 million in Surat Thani’s Phuphin district from a gang that took advantage of the recent flood chaos in the South to smuggle illicit drugs.


The pills – a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine – were seized at a roadside checkpoint at 2.30am on Thursday. The driver of a pickup truck, Wiwatchai Chanchoom, was also arrested.


Wiwatchai, 40, allegedly confessed that he was paid Bt50,000 by a woman from northern Thailand to transport the drugs from a spot on the Asia Highway in Phuphin to Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Noppitham district.


Surat Thani police said that with authorities preoccupied helping flood victims, the gang took the opportunity to smuggle drugs.


Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30305822

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