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8.2 Million Meth Pills Seized in Nong Khai

Maj. Gen. Boonsin Phadklang, commander of the Surasakmontree Task Force, announced Monday that the joint operation acted on a tip about smuggling of illegal drugs at the border with Laos.
Maj. Gen. Boonsin Phadklang, commander of the Surasakmontree Task Force, announced Monday that the joint operation acted on a tip about smuggling of illegal drugs at the border with Laos.

More than 8 million methamphetamine tablets were seized in a failed drug bust on the Mekong River Nong Khai.

Maj. Gen. Boonsin Phadklang, commander of the Surasakmontree Task Force, announced Monday that the joint operation acted on a tip about smuggling of illegal drugs at the border with Laos.

On Sunday night, officers patrolling the border found a longtail boat heading across the Mekong. About eight men carried several sacks out of the boat and placed them on the riverbank.

The officials tried to capture the smugglers, but the suspets jumped back aboard their boat and escaped.

A total of 21 sacks contained 8.2 million speed pills worth more than 400 million baht, he said.

The drugs were believed destined for dealers in Thailand for distribution.