Pattaya Daily News

14 July 2010 :: 10:07:02 am 30827

Iranians Arrested in Separate Ya-Ice Smuggling Busts

Thai customs officers on Tuesday made two busts on Iranian nationals, both uncovering consignments of the illegal class-1 restricted narcotic crystal methamphetamine (Ya-Ice).
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Bangkok, the 13th of July 2010: In the first case of its kind, Thai customs officer uncovered a concealment of nearly 20 litres of “liquid” crystal methamphetamine. The illegal narcotics were found in the baggage of an Iranian couple travelling from the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The estimated street value of the drug is thought to be approximately Bt64 million. Customs Department Director General Somchai Sajjapong told a press briefing that Mr. Javad Firoozi [28] and Miss Manizhen Azhdari [30] were arrested during a random luggage inspection at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Mr. Sajjapong revealed that the couple had concealed several bottles of a suspicious liquid inside a deflated raft within their baggage. Inspections of the bottles found a crystalline white substance forming around the rim and a white sediment building-up inside. Resultant checks revealed the substance to be crystal methamphetamine. In total, the couple had been attempting to smuggle 18.4 litres of the drug into the Kingdom.

Under interrogation, the couple revealed that they had been hired in Syria to transport the liquid narcotics into Thailand and deliver them to an agent operating in the seaside resort city of Pattaya. They were hired for an amount of US$1,500 each.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated bust, customs officers arrested another Iranian national, Mr. Zolfali Mohsen [24] with three bags of dry crystal methamphetamine totalling 900g. Mr. Mohsen arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on a flight from the Iranian capital of Tehran. The estimated value of the drugs is approximately Bt3.1 million.

Under Interrogation, Mr. Mohsen denied having any knowledge of the presence of the illegal narcotics in his luggage and could not provide a reasonable explanation as to how they had been placed inside without his knowledge.

All three offenders have now been transferred to Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau for further investigations. They will be charged with a variety of drug possession and trafficking offences.

Since October 2009, customs officials at Thailand’s main international airport have impounded 86.9kg of dry crystal methamphetamine worth over Bt307 million, while the confiscation of “liquid” crystal methamphetamine is the first of its kind made in Thailand.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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