Published: 26/07/2010 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section Bangkok Post
A man has been arrested for possession of 100,000 amphetamine pills with an estimated value of about 30 million baht, the city's police chief says.
Chaiwat Sriboonkong was arrested on Saturday near a tollway booth on Din Daeng-Rama IX Road, Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Santan Chayanon said yesterday.
Pol Lt Gen Santan said police received an intelligence report that a major drug gang from the North was planning to sell drugs at Central Lat Phrao shopping centre.
Officials were on the lookout for suspects and Pol Lt Gen Santan said Mr Chaiwat was spotted circling the shopping centre, which raised the suspicions of officers.
Pol Lt Gen Santan said Mr Chaiwat sped away once he spotted police officers, who pursued him before forcing him to come to a stop at the tollway booth.
Police said they found a bag in the back seat of Mr Chaiwat's car containing 100,000 amphetamine pills concealed in 50 packets.
Mr Chaiwat told police he was released from Chiang Mai prison four months ago and a person he met there who had been released before him had hired him to deliver the drugs.
He allegedly said he was paid up to 50,000 baht to deliver the drugs. He said the BMW he was driving belonged to a friend.