Bokeo provincial police recently teamed up with border soldiers to arrest two men after confiscating more than 500kg of chemicals used to make drugs, three guns, bullets, some money and other items in Tang-aor village, Tonpheung district.
Police tracked the men’s movements after receiving a report from local people that someone would be moving illegal drugs through Tang-aor village. They subsequently stopped a pick-up truck and found drug precursors and other items hidden inside.
The men arrested were named as Mr. Phommaly, 51, of Mayphoukha village, Huayxai district and Mr. Keongern, 40, from Yaytonpherng village in Tonpheung district.
They confessed to owning the illegal chemicals, which Mr. Phommaly said he had obtained from a man in Mayphoukha village and he and Mr. Keongern were taking them to sell in Meung district.
In another drug bust last month, Bokeo provincial police seized 200,000 amphetamine pills being transported by pick-up truck and detained the driver.
A police officer in charge of drug control and supervision in Bokeo province said that after receiving a tipoff that a quantity of illegal drugs was being transported through Tonpheung district they set up a roadblock outside Namkeung village police station.
Police stopped and searched a pick-up that was travelling at high speed and found the pills inside. They arrested the driver, Mr. Maichandy, 27, of Xiengkokmay village in Long district, Luang Namtha province.
Mr. Maichandy confessed that a drug trafficker had paid him 50,000 baht to take some pills to a customer in Huayxai district. Police said the man had long been involved in the drug trade and they had wanted to arrest him for some time.
Police are continuing their investigations into the two cases and trying to identify other people involved in the drug rings before sending the suspects to court.
In Champassak province, police arrested four people in Pakxong district with 5,200 amphetamine pills.
They first raided a house in Kongtoun village where they arrested two people after finding drugs in their house.
The couple were named as Mr. Khamdeng, 40, and MsKaysee, 38, who gave them information leading to the arrest of Mr. Yong, 16, of Kongtoun village, and Ms Duangchan, 29, from Lycheuang village.
Source: Vientiane Times