A NAVY unit accompanied by Pha Mueang Task Force rangers intercepted a boat on Mekong river flowing through the Golden Triangle and seized around 6.4 million methamphetamine pills last night (Feb. 19), Naewna newspaper said today.
Capt. Pakorn Maniam, chief of operations and news department, sent assault boats to patrol Ruak and Mekong rivers and intercept the drug boat after being tipped off that a vessel from a neighbouring country will be bringing narcotics to Ban Sop Ruak village, Wiang subdistrict, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province.
Upon spotting the boat with a motor fitted at the hull the navy and ranger unit signalled for it to stop for a search but the two men sailing it quickly jumped into the Mekong river and swam away.
Found stacked on the boat were 32 striped fertiliser sacks each holding 200,000 meth pills or approximately 6.4 million altogether with this illegal consignment being seized.
Senior navy officers have ordered the units in Chaing Rai to strictly patrol Ruak and Mekong rivers flowing through the Golden Triangle as drug traffickers are now using waterways to smuggle narcotics from neighbouring countries to Chiang Rai and then onward to the inner areas of the country.
The navy and ranger unit with the illegal cargo of meth pills they seized from a drug boat in the Golden Triangle last night, Feb. 19, 2023. Photos: Naewna