Drug Trafficking Chiang Rai, Thailand — Police busted two men with 280,000 methamphetamine pills in Chiang Rai province, Thailand early Saturday morning, said reports.
Authorities received a tip that a large amount of illegal drugs would be trafficked from Myanmar into the Chiang Rai area of Thailand, and were keeping a close watch on roads from the border.
They spotted a Honda CR-V with a red licence plate from Samut Prakan running from the border on a rural road in the Muang district of Chiang Rai on Saturday morning, and stopped the driver for a search.
The drug trafficking authorities found the ya ba pills on the back seat of the car, which would have an estimated street value of up to 56 million baht (US$1.68 million) in Bangkok.
The arrested men were Premtichai Pimavatchara, 26, of Chiang Mai, and a Myanmar national name Igpuk (whose surname is unknown), 21.
The suspects said they had been paid 100,000 baht each to deliver the drugs from Myanmar to a client in Nonthaburi province by a married couple, who were leading the way in another car and were able to escape, according to a Bangkok Post report.
Authorities continue to hunt for the couple, connected to drug trafficking in Thailand.