Phuket police net 50+ kilos of kratom, 5 grammes of crystal meth and 11 kilos of ganja in pre-holiday drug blitz

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Chalong Police are celebrating the new year after seizing more than 50 kilograms of the kratom plant from suspected dealers in Rawai, while officers in Vichit and Phuket Town have weized more than 5 grams of crystal meth (Ya Ice) and 11 kilos of marijuana in a pre New Year’s Eve holiday drug blitz.

Three men, an adult and a young-adult, were arrested on on Tuesday (December 29) on Rawai’s Soi Sermsuk lane with possession of more than 50 kilos of the kratom plant.

Mr Somchai “Chai” Samutsaran, 36, was arrested at noon with 14 bags of kratom, weighing a total of 17.5 kilos.

A 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld as he is a minor, was pinned with seven bags of kratom containing a total of 35 kilos of the plant.

Mr Jiradet Homhuan, 30, was pinned with a kilo of the plant.

All men were charged with possession of a Category 5 addictive drug (kratom) with intent to sell without a permit.

In a raid on a room on Soi Tanit in Vichit, Mr Nattawut Wongkat, 24, was arrested after found in possession of two small bags of crystal meth, weighing a total of 2.25 grams

In a raid on a room yesterday (December 30) on Padipat Road in Talad Yai, Mr Nattawut Sae-ieo, 28, was arrested in possession of two small bags of crystal meth, weighing a total of 3.34 grams

Both young men were charged with possession of a Category 1 addictive drug (Ya Ice).

Last night, Muang Police also netted 11 kilos of marijuana during a raid of an accused 22-year-old pot dealer’s residence on Soi Payoon.

A blitz?  Is that like a crackdown???