Malaysians, Thais arrested in crystal meth bust

AP News
Posted: May 16, 2012 8:21 AM
Malaysians, Thais arrested in crystal meth bust

Police in southern Thailand have seized 26 kilograms (57 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a pickup truck's headlights. They arrested six people and say the drugs were to be smuggled to Malaysia.

Police Maj. Gen. Surapon Thuanthong said Wednesday that four Malaysians and two Thais were arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal narcotics after the drugs _ also known as "ice" _ were seized from the pickup truck, which was parked at a house in Hat Yai, 740 kilometers (460 miles) south of Bangkok.

Police said they also seized 25 grams (0.9 ounce) of heroin and $432,500 worth of Thai and Malaysian currency when they arrested the men Monday.

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Thailand is a major market and transit country for drugs, especially methamphetamine produced in neighboring Myanmar.