Kanchanaburi, Thailand — A lost and crying seven-year-old Myanmar boy was found on the roadside with a stash of 10,000 methamphetamine pills in his backpack by Thai police, apparently having been tricked into carrying the drugs.
Police said they were notified of the lost boy who could not speak the Thai language.
After taking him to the local police station to communicate with him through a translator, they discovered 9,953 “yaba” pills in his backpack hidden inside plastic baby powder bottles, according to a Bangkok Post report.
The boy told police he lived in Myanmar’s Phaya Tongsu district on the Thai border.
He said he lived with his mother, but had travelled to Thailand with his uncle and two other people.
He was let out of the pickup truck where he was found, he said.
Police suspect the boy was being used to courier the drugs.
Investigations are ongoing in the case.