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Suspect arrested for allegedly shipping heroin to Taiwan – VIDEO

Jack Burton

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Police in Bangkok yesterday arrested a suspected member of a drug smuggling ring, believed to be shipping heroin to Taiwan, hidden in souvenirs and carried by couriers posing as visitors returning to Taipei. Officers of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, acting on an arrest warrant, nabbed Penthai Khamhom at a parcel delivery office in Huai Khwang district.

A search of the man’s house in the same district today resulted in the seizure of evidence, including bankbooks. He is charged with involvement in the trafficking of heroin to Taiwan. An NSB division commander says the suspect denies the allegation, but police have substantial evidence to support the charge.

Penthai allegedly transported heroin hidden in tyres from Chiang Rai to a house in Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng area for a man named Wichien Ou, who has already been arrested. Police say the heroin was later packed in instant noodle packets and talcum powder tins which a Taiwanese traveller carried from Suvarnabhumi airport to Taiwan by plane, as supposed mementos. The name of the Taiwanese courier was not given.

Penthai reportedly admitted he was paid 200,000 baht by a Taiwanese man to drive him and the tyres from 2 houses in Bangkok to the airport. But police say they had already tracked him for 2 years before the arrest.

His bank books showed about 10 million baht had passed through his accounts.

Last week, Bangkok police arrested a man for allegedly shipping heroin to Taiwan in automobile parts.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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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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