Thai police seize 30 kilograms of heroin bound for Hong Kong hidden in puppy pads

Thai authorities seized a sizeable 30 kilograms of heroin yesterday in Samut Prakan province, just north of Bangkok, believed to be headed to Hong Kong.

Police arrested a Hong Konger and a Thai national during the raid.

Officers from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) raided a house in the Kanchanaphisek 39 area of Samut Prakan to find 30 kilos of heroin, a Category I narcotic, hidden inside puppy pee pads.

The puppy pads were packed up in boxes prepared to be exported to Hong Kong, said the ONCB.

Inside the house, police met a Thai man from Chiang Rai province and a man from Hong Kong who couldn’t produce a passport or any ID. Police searched for his passport to no avail.

Police did find a Thai ID card belonging to another Thai national who was not present but is a tenant of the property. Police are investigating his involvement in the drug trafficking movement.

The accused Hong Konger cracked and told police there were more drugs hidden at another luxurious property he rents about 15 kilometres away.

Police raided the second property and found nearly 14 kilograms of heroin and 21 grams of “Ice” or methamphetamine.

The meth was well hidden inside rolls of plastic woven into elaborate rugs.

In total, police seized 51 kilograms of drugs at the two properties with a collective street value of 30 million baht.

At 3am today, paramilitary forces in Chiang Mai province near the Burmese border shot dead six foreign drug traffickers after a crossfire in the dense jungle.

The military seized a whopping 300 kilograms of ketamine as a result with an estimated street value of 57 million baht.

In May last year, three women were caught smuggling 87.8 million baht’s worth of heroin from Thailand into India.

The woman managed to get the drugs through both Thai and Indian airport security. The Indian trio nearly got away with it but were intercepted by police while transporting the heroin from Bengaluru to New Delhi.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.