Phaya Mengrai police station investigators arrested Woranart Changtaeng, 45, in an orchard in tambon Mae Pao, of Chiang Rai's Phaya Mengrai district.
Police say the suspect was sitting in the orchard with a bag containing the methamphetamine pills, or ya ba, and some crystal meth, also known as ice.
Meanwhile, a new strain of meth pills arrived in Thailand recently, a drug agency source said. The strain bears the initials SN, while meth pills commonly seen here carry the letters WY.
Most of the new strain of pills have been found in the possession of traffickers in southern provinces and are believed to have been smuggled into Thailand via Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai.
The major source of ya ba in Thailand is still Myanmar's Red Wa ethnic group.
Clandestine factories owned by three major groups of Wa drug producers in Myanmar are situated adjacent to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces.
Mae Sai police found 24 SN meth pills in the trouser pockets of Prem Chanchaeng, 29, from Ranong's Kra Buri district.
The police also seized from him a gun, a pipe and 65,800 baht cash.
Meanwhile, the chief case judge at the Criminal Court, Thawee Prachuaplap, yesterday responded to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung's plan to draft a royal decree that would compel agencies to execute condemned convicts within 60 days of the Appeal Court upholding their death sentence.
Section 18 of the Criminal Code says the Appeals Court's ruling on drug cases are final if the Appeals Court upholds the Criminal Court's verdict.
However, Section 19 still allows the defendant to appeal to the Supreme Court, Mr Thawee said. (Text : Bangkok Post )
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