The authorities in northeastern Thailand have arrested two women and seized 300 kilograms of compressed marijuana. The women were caught after trying to avoid a police checkpoint in Nong Khai province on Monday.
Pol Col Apichart Phochan said at a press briefing that the arrests came after a tip-off that marijuana would be smuggled from neighboring Bung Kan. It should have made it all the way to Khon Kaen. Therefore a checkpoint was set up on Mittraphap highway in Khon Kaen in order to intercept the smuggle.
At around 00.30 a Mitsubishi Pajero was spotted heading into the direction. The car, however, did a swift U turn before reaching the police checkpoint which resulted in a car chase. Eventually police shot out the car’s tires forcing it to halt after speeding through Udon Thani.
Two women were arrested and identified as Suthida Kuapol, 33, and Aporn Klinnoy, 40. Police then found eight fertiliser sacks with 300 compressed bricks of marijuana, weighing 300kg, in the vehicle.
Therefore the two women were charged with possession with intent to sell, according to Thai media.