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Pattaya Daily News

07 May 2010 :: 14:05:57 pm 19889

3 Transnational Drug Operations Busted in Thailand

Thai customs and narcotics officials detained five foreigners in three separate drug trafficking cases on Wednesday. All three cases involved the smuggling of a large quantity of illegal substances in or around the Kingdom of Thailand.
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Bangkok, the 5th of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Thai Narcotics Suppression police, in coalition with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), successfully apprehended three Burmese nationals in Chiang Rai, with over 30,000 Ya-Ba tablets in their possession. The trio had been waiting in front of a Tesco-Lotus outlet when the bust was instigated.

Later investigations of their Mae Sai hideout were conducted in order to gain further information that would lead investigators to the production facilities suspected to have been located in Burma (Myanmar).

Due to the relative lawless nature of the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand and particularly Myanmar, drug production and cultivation is rife. Illegal drugs including, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine are often sold markedly below cost compared to other areas of the world due to the sheer quantity manufactured in the region.

In another, unrelated incident, a Nigerian national was apprehended in Ratchaburi on a bus bound for Bangkok. Customs officers conducting a random check on the bus, which had originated from the deep southern province of Narathiwat, found over 9kg of marijuana concealed in his luggage.

The marijuana, contained in nine separate packages was estimated to have a street value of approximately Bt180,000. Resultant checks on the mans passport revealed that he frequently travelled in and around Southeast Asia and as such is now thought to be a part of a transnational drugs syndicate.

The 28-year-old man revealed that he had purchased the illegal drugs in Malaysia for Bt27,000 in total and was intending to sell the packages to several friends in Bangkok for Bt20,000 each. It is believed that he successfully entered the Kingdom of Thailand from the Sadao district checkpoint in Songkhla.

The third case involved the successful arrest of a 54-year-old Filipino woman at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. The woman was apprehended at the luggage carousels and found to have over 5kg of cocaine concealed in her luggage, worth over Bt30 million on the street.

Narcotics Suppression officers made the bust after a tip-off notifying them of the woman’s presence on a flight from Peru. The illegal class-1 drug was concealed in boxes of pastry and food supplements present in her luggage.

Drug smuggling, possession, use and distribution charges carry heavy punishments in Thailand, with major cases known to attract the death penalty, irrespective of nationality.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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