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Police say flooding forces drug traffickers to turn to boat to deliver drugs

Police arrested six suspected drug traffickers and seized more than 14,000 methamphetamine tablets and over 100 grammes of crystal meth in separate raids in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces.

Pol Lt-Col Prasart Kleeboon, superintendent of Ayutthaya police, said that drug traffickers were turning to boats as a means to transport illicit drugs to their clients because of flooding in the two provinces which has rendered travelling by car or motorcycle impossible.

Police arrested Arthit Pongmulee, Mrs Natcha Pandontree and Narubet Bonoi in Tambon Ban Plub, Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya as they were delivering drugs by boat to their dealers in the district. About 200 methamphetamine tablets were seized from their possession.

Their testimonies led police to the arrest of Vicha Nutkong, Anurak Phuthong and Pratya Khiewwongyai in Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani. Altogether 13,800 methamphitamine tablets and 109 grammes of crystal meth were seized from their possession.

Vicha, an alleged major trafficker, allegedly told the police that several of their dealers had returned the drugs to them because they could hardly sell them due to flooding which has made delivery difficult.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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