A man was arrested by officials from the Highway Police Division for using drugs while driving. The incident took place at 19.00 on 19 August 2020 in Surin Province. Police Major Thanapon Yodkanha was working at a road checkpoint with other highway officials to prevent illegal activities on the road including highway car racing and the inspection of vehicles to find illegal goods such as drugs. The driver and his friend are locals from Prasat District, both were using Yaba pills while on the road just before they ran into the police checkpoint. When the driver lowered the windows down officials noticed a weird suspicious scent coming from the vehicle.
While officials were setting up the checkpoint they noticed a gray Chevrolet truck with a Surin license plate driving in from Prasat District into the main city of Surin. The police pulled the truck aside and the passengers inside started acting suspiciously right away. The truck was asked to lower their windows and a weird smell came out from inside. The driver and passenger were asked to leave the car for a search. The driver had Yaba pills in both of the pockets behind his back.
The car was inspected and more Yaba pills were found inside a purse placed behind the driver’s seat. A total of 141 Yaba pills were found on the driver and inside the truck. The driver is Samart 25 years old and the passenger is Songchai Poksanit 25 years old both locals from Prasat District. Both admitted at the checkpoint that they were using drugs while on the road. The Yaba pills found are for distribution, each small bag costs the suspects 12,000-13,000 THB and the suspects buy about 3 bags per month. The Highway Police have arrested both suspects before delivering them to the Prasat Police Station for prosecution.