Prachuap Khiri Khan police, working with the Royal Thai Army, arrested Mr. Thanapong Singsawat, 22, resident of Chiang Mai, in Prachuap Khiri Khan yesterday January 9th, 2021.
Mr. Singsawat sped through a checkpoint and did not stop. Officers called for reinforcement by radio and followed his vehicle. They pulled him over. They seized 86 kilograms of fresh kratom leaves in the bust.
The “kratom” plant has been used for centuries in Thailand and South East Asia but its use was restricted in 1943 and later reclassified as a Schedule 5 substance in 1979.