Four arrested in Bt12m marijuana bust in Songkhla

THAILAND - Songkhla Governor Kritsada Boonraj yesterday announced the arrest of four men and the seizure from them of 600 kilograms of compressed bars of marijuana with a street value of Bt12 million.

The four men were believed to work for a drug ring that traffics cannabis from a neighbouring country through the Northeast for distribution to Malaysian dealers via Songkhla.

Lured into a sting operation, in which authorities posed as buyers of the marijuana, the four suspects showed up on September 10 at a local gas station in Songkhla's Rattaphum district to deliver the drugs and were nabbed along with the cannabis, which was hidden among vegetables in a six-wheel truck. They reportedly confessed to having been hired for Bt200,000 to deliver the cannabis.