Thai police seize nearly $8m worth of methamphetamine pills
BANGKOK (AFP) - The Thai authorities on Sunday seized some 980,000 illegal methamphetamine pills worth almost US$6 million (S$7.62 million) stashed in a truck thought to be heading to the capital Bangkok from northern Thailand.
Acting on a tipoff, narcotics police and local military officials set up roadblocks in Chiang Rai province in the Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand. They found packs of the drug, known as "yaba", hidden in the roof of a pick-up truck.
"It is quite a big haul - another big haul - almost a million tablets," said deputy provincial police chief Virat Sumanaphan, estimating the value of the drugs in the capital would be up to 200 baht (S$8) per pill.
Three men and a woman, all from neighbouring Chiang Mai province, were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.