Three Iranians were arrested by Police on Thursday Morning accused of running a drug production facility in East Pattaya.
In a combined Police operation involving Chonburi Immigration, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau and Banglamung Police, an initial raid was conducted on a house located inside the Green Park Village in Soi Chayapruek 2 in East Pattaya.
Inside the two-storey house, Police detained Mr. Behzad Charhooz aged 25, Mr. Mehdi Munaei aged 28 and Mr. Asdollahi Behnamali aged 36, all Iranian Nationals. The three men had been under investigation for some time and thanks to a number of intercepted packages and information from an undercover operative, it was known the three men were importing components used to produce Crystal Methamphetamine from around the world.
Initially they were producing and selling the drug in Pattaya but were about to expand their operation to Bangkok. The components would be brought into Thailand concealed in ceramic pots and other items which they assumed would pass easily through x-ray devices without being detected. The house was being used as a Laboratory where the ingredients were mixed to form the illegal narcotic.
Police were also aware of a second house which was reportedly being used as the distribution and packaging center for the finished drug. The second house, a bungalow at Chockchai Village 7 in Soi Kao Noi was also raided and many packs of the finished drug were found.
The three men are set to be charged with serious class 1 drug production and distribution offenses which carry a maximum sentence of death, if they are found guilty in Court.