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Two suspected drug traffickers and 1.6 million methamphetamine tablets believed produced from the same source which supplied 800,000 pills seized earlier from a narcotic police were presented to the media this morning by Pol Gen Somyos Poompanmuang, the newly-appointed national police chief.
The huge haul of illicit drugs was seized in Boeng Khlong Long district of Bung Karn province about a week ago but the seizure was kept confidential as narcotics police tried to use information gleaned from arrested suspects to bust more members of the trafficking gang.
Using the seized drugs which bear the 999 PAID brandname, undercover police set up a sting operation and contacted two suspected gang members, identified as Sunthorn Sawangpeng and Suchit Nudum, for acceptance of the drugs at a gas station in Wang Noi district of Ayutthaya on August 22.
When the two men showed up to accept the delivery, plainclothes policemen who had been waiting at the gas station pounded on them.
Pol Gen Somyos said that initial investigation showed that the 1.6 million ya ba tablets came from the same source which produced the 800,000 pills seized earlier from Pol Lt-Col Chamnan Poompaichit, former deputy superintendent of Chaiparakan police station in Chiang Mai.
The police colonel has been dismissed from the police service following his arrest.
Police said that altogether five million tablets were believed to be produced from the same source and about two million of them have been seized. All the drugs were believed to be destined for southern provinces.