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4.2m meth tabs, 26kg crystal meth, 40kg ketamine seized in Thai capital

Modified delivery cars with more cargo room also seized

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 12:56pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 12:59pm

Drugs with a combined street value of more than 100 million baht (US$2.99 million) were seized and a suspected dealer was detained for questioning in a raid carried out at a luxury rental house in Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok late Monday night, local police said.

The joint operation by the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) and the Patrol and Special Operation Division (PSOD) - also known as the 191 police - took place at about 11.30pm on Monday at a rental house on Ramkhamhaeng Road in Min Buri district, said Pol Maj Gen Wutthiphong Phetkamnoed, chief of the NSB’s Division 3, on Tuesday.

Seized during the raid were 4.2 million tablets of methamphetamine, 40 kilogrammes of liquid ketamine contained in 5,000 bottles, 26kg of crystal methamphetamine and 12 tubes containing some heroin, he said.

The suspected drug dealer, Thiraphong Suanyaem, 28, was arrested during the raid. Two cars believed to have been used to deliver drugs to his customers were also seized for inspection, said Pol Maj Gen Wutthiphong.

The cars, a Toyota Fortuner and a Mini Cooper, had apparently been modified, with seats removed in order to create more cargo space, he said.

Prior to last night’s operation, police had been monitoring the location after a tip-off that a rental house in Perfect Place housing estate was being used for temporary storage of drugs smuggled in from the North, said Pol Maj Gen Wutthiphong.

He said the suspect told police he had been renting the house for nine months, paying a monthly rent of 25,000 baht (US$748). He also admitted he had delivered drugs to customers in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces on five previous occasions, and was paid between 200,000 baht (US$598) and 250,000 baht (US$74,783) each time, said Pol Maj Gen Wutthiphong.

It was not immediately known if the suspect had been charged, as Pol Maj Gen Wutthiphong said investigators were continuing to interrogate him.

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