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Justice Ministry, DSI seize over half a billion baht in assets from drug traffickers

Jack Burton

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The Thai-language daily Thai Rath reported yesterday that the Justice Ministry, together with the Department of Special Investigation, this week seized cash and assets valued at more than half a billion baht from drug traders in Bangkok, neighbouring Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan provinces, and Chon Buri.

The assets seized on Wednesday alone include 1,000 baht weight of gold bars (a baht is 14.7 grams), Thai and foreign banknotes worth 1.2 million baht, 65 bank accounts worth 50 million baht, land and houses valued at 340 million baht, 97 cars valued at more than 83 million baht, 11 brand name bags valued at more than 800,000 baht, and jewelry worth 500,000 baht.

Over the past 8 months, the Justice Ministry has seized assets valued at more than 2 billion baht from drug traders.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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