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Bangkok Post: Seven held with 74,00
Subject: Bangkok Post: Seven held with 74,000 pills smuggled in from Burma
Seven held with 74,000 pills smuggled in from Burma
Narcotics police arrested an army pilot, a Border Patrol policeman, two
Burmese nationals and three other Thais for allegedly colluding in the
cross-border shipment of 74,000 amphetamine pills here yesterday.
Police said three of the seven suspects were caught shortly after crossing
the border en route to a temple in tambon Thasailuat, where they allegedly
intended to hand the drugs to the other four suspects.
Police identified the three as Sgt Paiboon Saenthawee, who is attached to
the Lop Buri-based Army Aviation Centre, and two Burmese nationals: Aung
Wei and Kyaw Htu.
The other four suspects were arrested later while travelling in a car,
allegedly to receive the drugs from the three.
Police identified the four as Pol Sgt-Maj Pratuan Muangmai, who is attached
to a Mae Sot-based BPP unit, Suchart Sitthiphan, Annop Klintawee and Banlue
Police said they had been tipped off that the group would smuggle the drugs
from Burma into Thailand and had sent a unit to lay in wait.
The 74,000 amphetamine tablets were found in the pick-up truck the first
three suspects were travelling in, police said.