Thai forager who found $6m pill stash 'gave them away' to pals
25 May 2016, 19:15
Bangkok – A Thai man who says he found 700 000 methamphetamine
pills – with a street value of nearly $6m – in a bush, drove the local price of
the drug down after handing them out to his friends for free, police said on Wednesday.
Prachaub Kanpecth, who normally collects rubbish and forest honey,
was charged on Tuesday with possession and intent to supply after police caught
him with 500 000 meth tablets, known as yaba or "crazy drug", at his
home in central Ayutthaya province.
The 41-year-old told officers he found the tablets after watching
a group of men in a pick-up truck leave a large package in some shrubbery along
the road, district police said.
Police opened an investigation after a glut of tablets flooded the
local market – going for an unusually cheap $3. Yaba pills normally cost around
But by the time he was arrested on Tuesday, Prahuab had already
given away 200 000 tablets, said police, who are still investigating the case.
"He claimed he has been giving [the pills] to his friends who
needed money or who wanted to money to pay back debts," Suriya Yoopeat, a
police commander in Uthai district, told AFP.
"As of now we don't have any other evidence or witnesses to
contradict his testimony," the officer said.
Seizures of meth have surged across the Asia-Pacific region in
Much of the regional drug manufacturing takes place in the Golden
Triangle, a remote border region where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet.