SONGKHLA officials seized almost 500 kilograms of marijuana last night after the driver of a pickup truck smashed through a checkpoint and later abandoned it and fled, Thai News Agency said this morning (August 10).
A checkpoint was setup at this southern province’s Rattaphum district after its chief, Ms Phimthada Chansuriya, told her deputy, Dusit Thatsaniyaporn, to put one in place with the help of Volunteer Defense Corps and group seven village headman and his village security team because she had been tipped off that a big consignment of drugs was about to pass through.
At around midnight a grey pickup truck registered in Ayutthaya and converted into a cargo truck smashed through the checkpoint with driver later leaving the vehicle near a canal and running away.
A search within discovered 452 kilograms of marijuana in one-kilogram bars worth around two million baht, two bank passbooks and a logistics company employee card.
Songkhla officials said the drug was intended for a neighboring country and the driver ran away because he is from elsewhere and not familiar with this southern province’s routes.
Top: Songkhla officials together with the large drug haul. Photo: Thai News Agency