A government patrol seized a quantity of ecstasy pills shaped like the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh late Saturday night on the banks of the Mekong in That Phanom district. The seizure also involved a batch of sleeping pills.
A combined force of soldiers, police and naval soldiers searching for drugs smuggled from neighbouring Laos found two black suitcases abandoned on the banks of the Mekong River.
The suitcases were brought ashore in a longtail boat to the Thai side of the river and left on the riverbank in Ban Kham Phak Phraew village in Tambon Nam Kam in That Phanom district. The boat’s driver fled back across the river after delivery and disappeared into the dark.
In the suitcases were found 19 plastic bags containing 18,807 ecstasy pills in the shape of teddy bear Winnie the Pooh, along with 54,939 high-potency sleeping pills in green and red blister packs – 73,746 pills in total, worth about 20 million baht.
The ecstasy pills are said to have been brought to Laos from Europe, with the intention of being sold in Thailand. They are popular among young people and can be bought at nightlife for around 800-1,000 baht per pill, the source said.
An official press conference on the seizure will be held later today at the Drug Prevention and Suppression Center in That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom Province, authorities said.
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