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03 August 2010 :: 10:08:17 am 34149

Thai Agents Arrest Myanmar & Filipino Drug Smugglers

Thai authorities have successful apprehended two drug smugglers attempting to traffic illegal narcotics into the Kingdom recently. The Filipino woman and a Myanmar man were arrested in separate investigations.
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Bangkok, the 2nd of August 2010: Narcotics Suppression Police and Border Patrol Region 3 officers successfully instigated an organised sting operation recently, arresting one Myanmar man in possession of 20kg of Ya-Ice and two explosive devices. The man was arrested in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai.

Having been tipped-off as to the mans dealings in the illicit drug trade, coming into Thailand from Myanmar, the joint taskforce organised a sting operation, purchasing some 20kg for an amount of Bt900,000 (over Bt45,000 per/kg). The drugs have an estimated street value of approximately Bt60 million.

Arriving at the Doi Angkhang border crossing in Fang district of Chiang Mai, officers swooped and arrested the offender, known only as Mr. Yang, confiscating Bt60 million in Ya-Ice (crystal methamphetamine) and uncovering the presence of two explosive devices.

Mr. Yang is currently being detained by Thai authorities on numerous drug sale, possession and smuggling charges, with an additional charge of possessing an explosive device without permission expected to be laid.

In an unrelated bust, Thai customs officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport arrested a Filipino woman attempting to smuggle cocaine into the Kingdom recently.

Following a standard customs check the woman, known to be Miss Icoy Bethlehem Mamontong [32], was found with over 4kg of cocaine concealed within her luggage. The drugs were packed inside aluminium foil coffee bags.

Under interrogation, Miss Mamontong revealed that she had been hired by a transnational drug syndicate to smuggle the narcotics into Thailand from the Peruvian capital of Lima. They were intended for sale in Bangkok.

At present, Narcotics Suppression Police have detained Miss Mamontong for further investigation in relation to the aforementioned transnational drug syndicate.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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