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23 October 2007 :: 14:10:57 pm 40321

FIFTY TONS, RAW MATERIAL OF DRUGS, PREPARED TO EXPORT TO THE US AND CHINA

Customs, Narcotic Suppression authority and Foods and Drugs organization, joined to arrest 50.4 Tons of Safrole, being prepared to export to America and China. Authority declared that the raw material could be produced to 15 Tons of Ecstacy, worth 6,000 million baht.
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On 22 October 2007, at 03.30 PM, Mr Somsak Photpatinya, Laem Chabang Customs Director, Mr. Chatchai Suthiglom, Narcotic suppression advisor, Mr. Satis Trisatayasaj, Foods and Drugs Director and Pol. Maj. Gen. Amaresrit Watanawiboon, Drugs suppression officer and Drug suppression authority of America, joined to announce an arrest of Safrole, raw material for producing illicit drugs, in three containers, altogether 240 tanks, total weight 50.4 Tons, worth more than three million baht.
Due to the joint policy for controlling the raw material of illicit drugs, Customs, Narcotic Suppression authority and Foods and Drugs organization, had commanded the investigation team to search for the source of raw material for producing illicit drugs such as: Amphetamine, Methamphetamine and Ecstacy. The controlling of the raw material is the primary measure in order to prevent the material to be in the hands of Narcotic rings.

A few days ago, the investigation team found out that Victory Commerce Ltd. Partnership was going to export Sassafras Oil. The authority collected the sample to have it analyzed and found that it contained Safrole which is a narcotic, type 4. The origin of Safrole came from Cinnamomum camphora or Camphor tree. The root of the tree, when chopped and boiled to distill to Sassafras Oil, found being used for producing Ecstacy. The amount arrested could be produced to about 15 Tons of Ecstacy, worth 6,000 million baht. Two containers of the raw material were prepared to export to China and one container to America.

Therefore, the authority will follow up to the exporter and the companies at destination in order to extend the case to find Narcotic rings. Besides, it is also to control the use of the material for industrial purpose only. This is to follow through the United Nation convention about drug trafficking and control any materials that activate to mind and nerve, year 1988, that Thailand is also an active member.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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