Drugs found hidden under passion fruit, rice


Two Hmong men and the 90,000 speed pills found hidden in two cardboard boxes containing passion fruit for delivery to Talaad Thai market in Pathum Thani, at a police media briefing on Wednesday.

In Chiang Mai, two Hmong men were arrested attempting to ship 90,000 methamphetamine pills hidden under a load of passion fruit to Pathum Thani by a delivery truck.

Prasit Raothao, 38, and Singkhon Aryiku, 32, from Mae Hong Son’s Pai district, were arrested after police stopped their pickup on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Road in Muang district of Chiang Mai on Tuesday.

Their arrest followed the seizure of 90,000 methamphetmine pills found hidden in two of three boxes containing passion fruit, or saowarot, on a truck making deliveries of farm produce from Maejo bazaar to Pathum Thani, Pol Maj Gen Panudet Boonruang, deputy chief of Provincial Region 5, said on Wednesday.

One of the cardboard boxes contained 21 packages holding 42,000 methamphetamine pills and the other 48,000 pills.

The three sealed boxes each had the message “Pa (Aunt) Som 0979263133 saowarot’’  on the outside and were destined for Talaad Thai, the country’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable wholesale market in Pathum Thani, said Pol Maj Gen Panudet.

The suspects confessed to having used the trucking  service to send the fruit boxes containing the drugs to Talaad Thai market, he said.

Police then searched  Mr Prasit's rented room in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai and found three empty cardboard boxes, eight rolls of adhesive tape, and a bag containing fresh passion fruit.

The suspects have been charged with possession of illicit drugs with intent to sell.

They allegedly confessed they had sent at least 10 previous shipments of methamphetamines to destinations in the central plains, hidden in boxes of farm produce, with about 100,000 speed pills in each delivery. After the boxes were delivered, they would collect  them and deliver the drugs to customers, police said.


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