Thai officials seize 14.8 kilogrammes of heroin bound for Taiwan

Picture courtesy of KhaoSod

Thai police made a significant drug bust, intercepting 14.8 kilogrammes of heroin destined for Taiwan. The narcotics were ingeniously concealed within two commercial ice-making machines, set to be transported via an air freight company in Bangkok.

The operation unfolded in the wake of a previous case involving a shipment of drugs concealed within robot bases.

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), led by Secretary-General Panurat Lakbun, executed the seizure in collaboration with the Narcotics Suppression Division and the Taiwanese Ministry of Justice. The successful operation was a result of comprehensive investigative work, involving intelligence sharing and coordinated efforts between the Thai and Taiwanese authorities.

During the search, officials discovered 40 bars of heroin, each machine containing 20 bars, hidden within modified compartments. This haul, with a street value of approximately 100 million baht (US$2.7 million) in Taiwan, reflects the stark price difference in narcotics between Thailand and its neighbouring countries, where prices can surge by eight to tenfold.

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The ONCB is now focusing on gathering evidence and expanding its investigation to bring all parties involved to justice. The current year’s statistics, spanning from October 2022 to the present, reflect a concerted effort to crack down on drug trafficking through airports.

To date, police have apprehended 74 individuals across 80 cases, seizing substantial quantities of methamphetamine pills, crystal meth, heroin, and cocaine. The majority of these drugs were destined for countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia, and South Korea.

Thailand’s geographical position makes it a strategic transit point for international drug syndicates smuggling narcotics to various third countries. The government has implemented specialised projects to prevent drug trafficking through airports and seaports, marking the front lines in curtailing the entry and export of illicit substances, reported KhaoSod.

The success of such operations is partly due to the collaboration with international agencies, which enhances the effectiveness of drug interdiction efforts.

The ONCB expressed gratitude for the support from the Taiwan Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) and other international partners, demonstrating the importance of global cooperation in the fight against transnational crime.

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