The Royal Thai Navy’s Mekong Riverine Unit and police seized a huge cache of methamphetamine pills and Ice during their patrol in Wiang Kaen district of Chiang Rai province on Monday night (April 2).
The patrol was tightened following a tipoff that drug traffickers would smuggle a huge cache of drugs from Ban Donsawan in Ban Houayxay of the Lao province of Bokeo across the river to the Thai border ahead of the Songkran festival.
The patrolmen spotted a pickup truck parked by the river bank at Ban Thai Charoen at about 10.30 pm.
They encircled the truck and ordered search.
However nobody was in the truck but a huge cache of drug was left on the open cargo area.
The cache includes 9.4 million meth pills and 788 kilogrammes of Ice or crystal methamphetamine. The drug was estimated to be 1.7 billion baht on street.