Remote chopper used to smuggle drugs into Thai prison: A remote-controlled helicopter was used to smuggle drugs and other items into the Khon Kaen Central Prison early Sunday morning, according to reports.
The chopper flew over the walls of the prison and headed to Zone 2 where it dropped a box wrapped in grey duct tape near the bathroom area, said Khon Kaen governor Somsak Suwannajarit at a news conference.
The helicopter was detected by a radio frequency system installed around the prison.
When officials collected the box they found 4kg of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice), three mobile phones with SIM cards and battery chargers, and sharp metal objects, according to reports.
Authorities conducted a one-kilometre radius search around the prison but failed to find the person who controlled the helicopter.
They did, however, find the aircraft left with the engine still running about 150 metres from the prison in a drainage canal.
After the incident, authorities searched the prison and confiscated numerous prohibited items, mostly sharp objects, but no illicit drugs were found, according to Mr Somsak.
Prison commander Wuthichai Jenwiriyakul said the helicopter was believed to belong to a major drug network trying to deliver drugs into the prison, but they evidently dropped the package at the wrong spot.
The seized remote-controlled helicopter contained a camera at the front and was estimated to cost between 700,000 and one million baht.
It is believed to be the same aircraft used to smuggle three mobile phones into the prison last month.
Investigations are underway to locate the suspects responsible for the drug smuggling by the expensive chopper.