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Burmese boy, 7, used as drugs mule in Thailand

File photo of seized bags of methamphetamine tablets. (Reuters)

A seven-year-old Burmese boy with only a backpack was found crying at a roadside in Thong Pha Phum district in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province after being tricked into carrying almost 10,000 methamphetamine pills.

Pol Col Amnuay Pongsawat, superintendent of Thong Pha Phum police station, said police were notified of the lost boy who was unable to speak Thai.

Police took him to the local station so that they could communicate with him through a translator.

Officers were looking for information on his identity and opened his backpack. Inside they found two plastic baby powder bottles which seemed unusually hard and discovered a total of 50 packs of ya-ba or 9,953 pills inside.

The boy said he lived in Burma’s Phaya Tongsu district, which connects to Thailand via the Three Pagodas Pass in Sangkhla Buri distirct. He said he lived with his mother but had travelled to Thailand with his uncle and another man and woman.

He said he was let out of a pickup truck at the spot where he was found.

Police suspect that the boy was being used to courier the drugs. Further investigations are underway.