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National police turned out in force to announce arrests and seizures in three amphetamine drugs busts worth a combined total of 1.6 billion baht.
The busts come in the wake of comments from the justice minister about taking certain drugs off the narcotics control list, reported tnamcot.
In the first case crime suppression police, the drug enforcement agency and soldiers combined to arrest three people who were taking delivery of a consignment of drugs at a department store in Bang Yai, Nonthaburi. Arrested were Sarawut Kasenbua, 25, Narongsak Sombun, 25, and Miss Patama Hormloei, 29. They were caught with 2,090,000 Ya Ba tablets, 52 kilos of crystal meth or ice, and 50 kilos of ketamine. They admitted this was the second time they had taken part in a delivery and were paid 400,000 each time. Enquiries to round up others involved are underway.
In a second case the drugs gang escaped after a shoot out with police in Suphanburi. Drugs had arrived in the province from Mai Sai, Chiang Rai, but the gang realized they were about to be arrested and started shooting. One officer was hit and a police vehicle was damaged as the gang escaped. Their vehicle was later found in a darkened soi along with 800,000 Ya Ba but the gang had fled.
In a third case two men were arrested after a sting to buy drugs was carried out in Hot district of Chiang Mai. Arrested were Padaedu Sribaina, 30, and Chalerm Mettho, 26 along with 100,000 Ya Ba.
Police said that they will vigorously pursue drugs cases despite the comments from the justice department. Amphetamines continue to flow in from neighboring countries.
There have been suggestions that amphetamines should be used by doctors in the treatment of drug addicts. Police accept that this may happen but that the perils of amphetamines mean that they should remain against the law.