An early morning police chase in Kalasin ended with the arrest of a drug smuggler and the seizure of 300 kilograms of compressed marijuana. The chase took place through the streets of the Na Khu district around 2 a.m. when police received a lead.
The Chevrolet Captiva with registration plates of Chonburi province was disclosed by police for being used by smugglers to transport drugs between provinces from Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin. The officers gave the car a stop sign and it stopped about 200 meters from the checkpoint, when the police approached the vehicle, the driver drove off.
Police tracked the vehicle on Highway 213 to Highway 12, past the centre of Somdet and toward Huai Phung. In coordination with other patrols in the area, the officers tried to set up a roadblock for the drug smuggler’s flights.
After the car had been tracked for 70 kilometres, it was stopped in the Na Khu district and police arrested the driver, a 29-year-old man. The police discovered 8 large bags of ganja in the Captiva. The bags contain a total of 300 kilograms of compressed marijuana.
The man claimed that the drugs were not his and had only been hired as a driver to deliver the drugs. He said he was offered 20,000 baht to smuggle the drugs between the provinces. The smuggler said he was hired by a man he only knew as “Korn” and that he was able to collect his payment after the drugs were delivered, he told police during questioning.
The drugs were put on display at a police briefing today, as is customary for major drug finds. The man is being held at Na Khu Police Station pending the next steps in the prosecution.
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