Chiang Rai sees arrest of three Myanmar nationals
Two Filipino nationals were arrested for smuggling 5.3 kg of methamphetamine (ice) after they crossed into Thailand’s Mae Sai border entry from Thachilek in neighbouring Myanmar on May 3, according to the Thai authorities.
Darong Titong Maoyaz, 35, and Salvador Aweebon, 52, were apprehended with 16 bags of the drug, which had been hidden in their luggage.
According to the initial investigation, the suspects said they had arrived in Mae Sai district on Sunday night before leaving for Thachilek in Myanmar’s Shan State on Monday morning. They said they were carrying the drugs for sale in Malaysia.
According to the Thai authorities, the price of the confiscated methamphetamine was about Bt1 million per kilo at the border. If successfully smuggled and sold in Malaysia as stated by the detainees, the drug would fetch as much as Bt50 million per kilo.Thai officials have already contacted Burmese authorities in order to locate related dealers and for further investigation of the case.
Additionally, on May 5 Thai narcotics suppression police in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) caught three Myanmar nationals in the parking lot of the Tesco Lotus supermarket in Chiang Rai and seized about 30,000 amphetamine tablets. Police later searched their house in Mae Sai district for further investigation in an attempt to learn the production site which is believed to be located in Myanmar. (TNA)