An officer inspects some of the one million speed pills found in five rucksacks left beside the Mae Sai River along the Thailand-Myanmar border by drug traffickers who swam back to the Myanmar side. (Photo by Chinpat Chaimon)
CHIANG RAI: Drug traffickers abandoned one million speed pills beside the Mae Sai River and swam back to Myanmar after spotting a military patrol late Friday night.
The Pha Muang task force spotted five men crossing the river to the Thai side at Wiang Hom village in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai at 10.30pm on Friday and signalled them to stop for a search.
The men, each carrying a rucksack, refused to comply. Instead they ditched their rucksacks, jumped into the river and swam back to where they’d come from.
Each rucksack contained 200,000 speed pills, or one million tablets in total. The seized drugs were displayed at a media briefing on Saturday after being handed over to the Mae Sai police station.
Col Kidakorn Chantra, commander of the Pha Muang task force, said large quantities of illicit drugs were still being smuggled into the country because of high demand. The task force plans to increase patrols along the border to prevent the influx of narcotics, he said.
One million speed pills abandoned along the Mae Sai River are displayed at a police briefing in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai on Saturday. (Photo by Chinpat Chaimon)