Hmong arrested ‘with yaba pills’

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CHIANGRAI, THAILAND –  POLICE arrested three Hmong suspects and seized 1 million “yaba” pills, about 90 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine known as “ice”, and 165kg of heroin in Chiang Rai province early yesterday morning, deputy national police chief Pol General Chalermkiat Sriworakhan told the press conference in neighbouring Chiang Mai province.
Police set up roadblocks after a tip-off that drug traffickers driving a Mitsubishi sedan and a Mitsubishi pickup truck with Phayao-registered licence plates would transport drugs from the border district of Mae Sai district to a location further into the country. Police spotted the suspects early yesterday and managed to intercept the two vehicles on the Mae Chan-Chiang Saen Road.
The suspects were identified as Kua Sae-yang, 26, Hur Sae-thor, 26, and Khomkrit Thanawu-tthichai, 18. They reportedly confessed to be hired by a Hmong resident in their village at Bt150,000 to bring the drugs to a storage in Chiang Kaen district.