Smugglers sought after drug stash seized

Smugglers sought after drug stash seized

Police are hunting for three suspected drug smugglers after seizing almost 2.5 million speed pills and 10 kilogrammes of ketamine in Samut Prakan.

Officers from the Patrol and Special Operations Division, known as 191 Police, uncovered the stash during a raid on a house in the Bo Bambad community in tambon Bang Pla of Bang Phli district, where investigators believed drugs had been hidden. In addition to the drugs, they found two guns and 67 rounds of ammunition.

A box pickup truck used for delivering goods was found, but nobody was in the house during the raid on Tuesday afternoon, Pol Maj Gen Samroeng Suanthong, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), said during a briefing yesterday.

The police team later extended the investigation that shed light on three people believed to be involved in the drug trade. They then sought court approval to arrest two men and one woman, identified only as Bancha, Phairat and Palita.

As they began tracking the trio, officers found another box pickup abandoned in Mae Wong district of Nakhon Sawan province on Wednesday, said Pol Maj Gen Samroeng.

According to the police, the suspects had worked for a private company as delivery people. But they also used their pickups to deliver drugs by hiding them in ice-filled coolers to evade arrest.