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Border Guard Force member arrested in drug bust

Undercover Thai police officers and anti-narcotic officials in Mae Sot recovered 8 million baht worth of Yaba pills purchased in Kokko village in Burma during a sting operation.

The men involved in the illicit sale of narcotics were identified as 42-year-old Thai national Nai Suradat Sila and 33-year-old Naing Win of from Karen state.

Naing Win confessed that he is a member of a Karen Border Guard Force unit in Kokko village, which is run by former Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s battalion commander Major Saw Chit Thu.

The police also seized the gray coloured pickup truck that were used to carry the drugs, two mobile phones, 19,850 Yaba pills and 8 million baht that was handed over during the undercover operation.

There is a huge flow of Yaba coming in across the border and we usually bust them, but this time it’s quite huge, said a Mae Sot police official.

The two suspects said they purchased the Yaba from a wealthy resident in Kokko village, but both refused to answer additional questions.

In April, Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board published a most wanted list targeting 25 individuals involved in the narcotics trade in an attempt to slow the deluge of methamphetamines that are trafficked across the country’s northern border.

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s Commander Na Kham Mwe was listed among the 25 listed suspects, while the rebel leader denied the allegations that he had participated in manufacturing or trading narcotics.

Editor’s note: The story has been updated since being published.


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