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Officials say Thailand being used as transit hub for ketamine smuggling

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The Office of the Narcotics Control Board says Thailand is being used as a transit hub for gangs smuggling ketamine into the Kingdom from Taiwan and China. The drug is then destined for re-export to places like Hong Kong and Malaysia, where it can fetch high retail prices. However, use within Thailand is on the up too, with the ONCB saying it’s becoming more prevalent in areas with a lot of nightlife venues.

This week, 7 Bangkok users died from a new ketamine variant, known as “powdered milk”, due to its appearance. Police have not confirmed what the new variant contains but according to an expert in a Bangkok Post report, it’s primarily made up of ketamine, heroin, ice, and the sleeping pill Rozerem, nicknamed Rosé. It’s also thought to include 3 substances used to execute prisoners, namely, sodium pentothai, pencuronium bromide, and potassium chloride.

The ONCB says drug dealers are providing ketamine at substantial discounts in order to hook customers. They say liquid ketamine is currently being sold for 400 – 500 baht a bottle, with the crystal form selling for between 200 – 500 baht for a small spoon. The drug usually fetches 350,000 – 370,000 baht a kilogram.

Officials believe the drug is being produced in India, China, and Myanmar, with drug enforcement agencies in countries on the Mekong River working together to share knowledge on the trade and smuggling operations. In 2018, Chinese officials confiscated over 5.7 tonnes of ketamine destined for Thailand. The drug was being smuggled through border areas in the northern province of Chiang Mai and the north-eastern provinces of Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Bung Kan.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    ipfunnyjohns

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:44 am

    I’m sorry what’s the problem? Drugs have been apart of society since it’s beginnings. Prohibition causes way more harm than it prevents. Legalize it all so i don’t have read this stupid non headline non news.. is this considered fake news yet. Lol

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      The Thaiger

      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Condoning the use and supply of illicit drugs won’t be tolerated on this channel. If you wish to provide a considered opinion or argument about the merits of legalising currently illicit drugs, that’s ok. You’ve been warned.

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      Ynwaps

      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      You can thank the US for that.

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        Albert Zweistein

        Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:03 am

        At least a hub of something.

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    Alan

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:53 am

    The war against evil, stupidity, ignorance, loss of soul, could take thousands of years, and a reduction in the global population by 95%. Everyone has a role to play. It starts with yourself.

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