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17 October 2010 :: 11:10:44 am 44163

Thai & Iranian Busted in Drug Cases Totalling Bt65 million

An Iranian national has been arrested in Bangkok attempting to smuggle approximately 1.5kg of crystal methamphetamine into the Kingdom, while three Thai men have been detained in Bangkok in possession of some 200,000 methamphetamine tablets.
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Bangkok, the 15th of October 2010: The Iranian man, Mr. Jozvefazeli Hamidreza, was apprehended at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport after a mandatory inspection of his luggage uncovered a concealment of crystal methamphetamine (commonly referred to as Ya-Ice) was uncovered.

The illicit narcotic was found concealed, in its liquid form, inside three ordinary shampoo bottles stored in the mans luggage. Initial reports estimate that the drugs would equate to approximately 1.5kg of saleable Ya-Ice, with a street value of Bt5.4 million.

According to authorities, Mr. Hamidreza flew into the kingdom on a Qatar Airways flights from Tehran, Iran via Doha City in Qatar. He has since been transferred into the custody of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau for further investigation.

Meanwhile, authorities operating in Bangkok arrested three Thai men from the nation’s north in possession of some 200,000 tablets of methamphetamine (commonly known as Ya-Ba).

The trio were arrested by Narcotics Suppression Bureau officers as they were in the process of delivering the illicit drugs to a buyer. The pills were concealed inside fruit boxes. Along with the consignment of drugs, officers also seized 7 mobile phones, six black bin liners and two ATM cards from the offenders.

According to a police statement, the offenders stated that they were hired by a transnational drug syndicate in Chiang Mai to smuggle the drugs for one baht per pill down to Bangkok.

Apprehended in the Talaad Thai fresh fruit and vegetable market in Bangkok, officers believe that the drugs, valued at approximately Bt60 million, were intended for resale on the streets of Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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