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27 August 2010 :: 10:08:45 am 36706

Five Iranians Arrested in Syrian Ya-Ice Smuggling Cases

Five Iranian nationals have been arrested in three separate drug busts at the Suvarnabhumi Airport this week. Over 12kg’s of the illicit drug crystal methamphetamine with a street value of Bt43 million was confiscated in the cases.
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Bangkok, the 26th of August 2010: In the first instance, customs officials working at Thailand’s major international airport arrested Mr. Majid Asgharpour [26], found in possession of approximately 2.7kg of crystal methamphetamine (Ya-Ice).

Officers observed Mr. Asgharpour acting in a suspicious manner while transiting through the airport before a random baggage x-ray uncovered the concealment of Ya-Ice hidden inside 2 hairspray canisters and a shampoo bottle.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday two Iranian nationals, Mr. Ebrahim Jorkesh [26] and Mr. Seyedahmad Mirbozorgi [29], were arrested trying to smuggle over 8.7kg of ‘liquid’ Ya-Ice into the Kingdom having arrived on a direct flight from Amman, Jordan.

The two men were once again observed acting extremely suspiciously as they transited through the airport, with only their onboard backpacks as luggage. Resultant searches of the two men uncovered approximately 8.7kg of Ya-Ice evenly distributed between them in soft drink and shampoo bottles.

Finally, on Thursday two more Iranian men, Mr. Mohajeri Mohammadreza [25] and Mr. Salimi Zanjani Davoodi [37], were arrested after both arrived on a flight from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The pair had been attempting to smuggle over 1kg of Ya-Ice into the Kingdom.

Customs Department Director General Somchai Sajjapong explained that the two men had been randomly searched by authorities after observations of their actions and their peculiar footwear were deemed suspicious. In the resultant searches and amount of 510g of Ya-Ice was found concealed in each mans sandals, totalling just over 1kg.

In all three cases, resultant investigations revealed that the offenders had originated travels from the Syrian capital of Damascus, before boarding connecting flights to other middle-eastern cities and proceeding to Thailand.

A total of 12.3kg of Ya-Ice in liquid and powder form was confiscated as a result the three busts, with a street value estimated at Bt43 million. This weeks busts bring the total Ya-Ice confiscated from Iranian smugglers in the last 9-months to a staggering 103kg, a combined street value of over Bt350 million.

Thai Drugs Suppression Agents are now investigating speculation that Syria is being established as a new route for international drug smuggling operations by Iranians, due to the recent crackdowns on passengers flying direct from Tehran.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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