Police in Nong Khai Province, Thailand, arrested two men for smuggling almost a million amphetamine pills from Laos via the Mekong River on Sunday.
Pol Lt Gen. Yunyong Vej-osoth, Provincial Police Region 2 Commissioner, said that 998,000 amphetamine pills were seized from two Thai nationals on the riverbank at Hat Kham Noi village in Tambon Hat Kham.
The local police received a tip-off about the drug trafficking late Friday night and started keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity in the area. A boat was spotted on the shore early Saturday morning as it dropped three sacks on the riverbank and left.
A group of men carried the sacks to a pickup truck and the men waiting inside the truck namely 22-year-old Pongpol Jitthai and 25-year-old Supawat Duangkan were arrested immediately, but the other suspects escaped.
The two men told the police that they were promised THB 30,000 to deliver the drugs to buyers in the Isan Provinces of Khon khaen, Maha Salakham, Loei, Roi Et, and Nong Bua Lamphu.
The police continue to investigate the suspects and conduct further investigations.
Meanwhile, a patrol team from the Thai military killed five members of a drug network and seized over 500,000 methamphetamine pills in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province near the Golden Triangle last week.