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7 arrested with 631kg of ice in pickup

Narcotics suppression police seized 631 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, known as ice, and arrested seven suspects in Songkhla province on Saturday.

Pol Lt Gen Sarayuth Sanguanpokhai, the Narcotic Suppression Bureau (NSB) commissioner, said the action followed the arrest of suspects with 402,000 meth pills on June 22 in tambon Khuha Tai in Rattaphum district of Songkhla.

They revealed that a large drug shipment was planned from the Central region to the South, and the NSB’s Sub-Division 4 planned to intercept it.

About 1am on July 23, a Honda Civic and a Toyota Vigo pickup were stopped for a search at a highway police checkpoint in tambon Khuha Tai, Rattaphum district.

A Mitsubishi Triton pickup travelling behind the two vehicles pulled over onto the roadside before reaching the checkpoint. It was also searched and police found it was carrying 14 bags containing 631 packages of crystal meth, weighing 1kg each.

Seven suspects travelling in the three vehicles were arrested – Lukman Cheduramae, 40, Wanida Asae, 41, Waemae Lomae, 38, Daki Mueli, 38, Alading Dingpo, 33, Mapaosi Salae, 24, and Nakarin Salae, 34. Six were from Narathiwat. The single woman suspect, Ms Wanida, was from Pattani.

The suspects said they were delivering the ice from Bang Len district, Nakhon Pathom province, to a contact in Sungai Kolok district, Narathiwat. They were charged with illegally having illicit drugs in possession with intent to sell.

The three vehicles were impounded, along with a block of land with a house, worth about 5.1 million baht in total, for examination whether they were bought with the proceeds of drug trafficking

Pol Lt Gen Sarayuth said the crystal meth was believed to be destined for Malaysia, from where it wuld have been smuggled to third countries. The seized ice could have fetched about 600 million baht in foreign markets, he added.

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