The Bangkok Post reports
On Sunday night, border patrol police arrested a suspect believed to be a member of cannabis trading ring operating on the Thai-Lao border. The police confiscated 300kg of premium-grade cannabis, worth 6 million baht.
The suspect, a 43-year-old identified as Jarat Tonhom, was arrested in tambon Chong Meg in Sirinthorn district after picking up cannabis at a pier along the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province.
The suspect said he was hired by a Thai person who trades with a Lao cannabis gang. The suspect said he was not a member of the drug ring. He claimed hardship caused by Covid-19 forced him to try his hand at drug smuggling and added that he couldn’t identify the person because they only made contact via phone.