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Car chase to meth pill haul

Car chase to meth pill haul

A man was arrested with 720,000 methamphetamine pills in possession after a chase by highway police in Nong Song Hong district on Sunday morning, police said.

Pol Col Anurat Chimthim, commander of Highway Police Division 4, said at about 5am highway police on patrol spotted a black Mitsubishi Attrage car driving on Highway 2440 (Phon-Nong Song Hong) in a suspicious manner.

They signalled the driver to stop, but the car sped away, prompting the police to give chase.

The car veered off the road and crashed into the ditch between kilometre markers 14-14 in tambon Dong Kheng, Nong Song Hong district.

Padol Thamsilp, 21, the driver, from Kuchinarai district, Kalasin province, was trapped in the vehicle with minor injuries.

The police found in the car 122 packages of about 720,000 meth pills.

According to police, Mr Padol confessed to have transported the drugs from That Phanom districit, Nakhon Phanom province.

He said he was hired for 20,000 baht to take them to a recipient in Khon Kaen’s Nong Song Hong district.

He had been paid 5,000 baht and would get the rest on completing the job.

Mr Padol was charged with having illicit drugs in possession with intent to sell.

An investigation was underway to find more people involved in the drug trade, Pol Col Anurat said.

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