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Police seize 920 kilograms of cannabis smuggled across the Mekong River

Caitlin Ashworth

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In a major bust on the Mekong River, notorious for drug smuggling, border patrol police seized 920 kilograms of dried, compacted cannabis from a boat along the Nakhon Phanom riverbank, bordering Laos.

Police were tipped off about a large shipment of drugs being trafficked across the Thai-Laos border. Police spotted a boat around 4am yesterday. When police moved in, men onboard the boat jumped onto a smaller boat and sped off. Police found 23 sacks filled with 1-kilogram packages of compressed cannabis.

Police seize 920 kilograms of cannabis smuggled across the Mekong River | News by Thaiger

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In the recent months, police have seized more than 5 tonnes of cannabis. While the Thai government has been loosening measures on cannabis, allowing parts of the plant with low traces of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to be used in food and medicinal products, trafficking cannabis is still illegal. Cannabis with high amounts of THC is still classified as a Category 5 narcotic.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Spell checker

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Nakhon Phanom, Caitlin. Pathom is in the central region. Common mix-up.

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    Vaccinated Farang

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    This will be a big smoking party tonight ?

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    Bubba

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Why not just shred it and use it as compost after mixing it with manure? It would revitalize the soil, keep down the dust and mixed with manure, I doubt anyone would want to smoke it!

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    dispensed

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    And with this bust, they just pushed 100 Thai people towards ice, which is cheaper to produce and smuggle.

    SEA drug policy failure at its finest.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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