Bangkok — Thai police seized 460,000 methamphetamine pills in a car abandoned by the occupants after a wild chase through two provinces on Friday.
The drugs, which have a street value of an estimated 90 million baht (US$2.8 million), were found packed in plastic bags inside the vehicle, according to reports.
The chase began when a Toyota Vios sped past a police checkpoint set up on the main highway in Ang Thong province, said police.
Highway police gave chase after being alerted by radio.
The car turned off the Asian Highway and fled along Rojana road in Ayutthaya province, where the police hit a motorcycle and abandoned the chase.
Ayutthaya police were alerted, and the occupants of the fleeing car exchanged gunshots with police when they drove into Muang district in Ayutthaya.
Police later found the abandoned car at Kittilawan housing estate, where residents told them they saw two men get out of the vehicle, climb over the housing estate wall, and flee, said a Bangkok Post report.
When police opened the car doors, they discovered the pills inside.
The driver and passenger of the car are still at large.
Methamphetamine is a very popular street drug in Asia.
In Thailand it is widely known by the street name “yaba” in pill form, and “ice” in crystal form, which is smoked.
It is considered the top illicit drug threat in East and Southeast Asia, with large numbers of people addicted.