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The 11.5 tonnes of Ketamine that wasn’t

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That huge Ketamine bust in Chachoengsao province last week, some 11.5 tonnes (yes tonnes!) of the drug, has turned out to not be quite what it seems. Originally drug officials seized 475 bags, each weighing 25 kilogram. 66 of these bags were tested. What was inside the bags wasn’t Ketamine, as claimed by police, but trisodium phosphate instead. Which brings us to this assistance from Wikipedia…

“TSP is used as a cleaning agent, builder, lubricant, food additive, stain remover, and degreaser.”

Police, it seems, have proudly told the world they’ve seized 11.5 tonnes of food production and chemical additive… the sort of thing you may need 11.5 tonnes of. Even the Taiwanese media were gloating about the co-operation of their local drug officials. From the Taiwan News.

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“Thepsutin said the bust was the largest quantity of drugs seized in Thailand and was jointly conducted by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and the Narcotics Suppression Bureau. He said the two main suspects, both Thai nationals, were arrested before they could ship the drugs overseas.”

Yesterday, the Narcotics Drug Board secretary-general Vichai Chaimongkol took the media to inspect the seized product that were stored securely at their Region 1 warehouse and explain the apparent faux pas. There was one big clue – all the bags had a large TSP logo on them.

There was worldwide headlines on November 12 after Thai drug officials discovered 11.5 tonnes of what they claimed was the drug ketamine in Chachoengsao. The market value of the drugs was reported to be 28.7 billion baht. It was indeed newsworthy.

Back in September, Taiwanese drug officials seized a shipment of 300 kilograms of ketamine hidden in bags, similar to the ones seized I Thailand 10 days ago. Taiwanese officials alerted their Thai counterparts, leading to the search for the contraband Ketamine. The Thai ‘drug squad’ started checking around warehouses in Chachoengsao and found the 475 sacks that looked like the bags of Ketamine the Taiwanese officials had described to them.

Now, the NCB will invite scientist working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to assisting in testing the contents of the remaining 409 bags and checking whether any ketamine is stashed away in any of them.

Meanwhile, this shipment of alleged Ketamine, aka. Special K, from Taiwan to Thailand, remains elusive.

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    B.T.

    November 22, 2020 at 10:17 am

    .I remember the first pictures from this story.No one bag blue with TPS logo.The bags had chinese company prints.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      November 22, 2020 at 11:41 am

      As the article seems to be copied from Wikipedia, why not att that E339 is the EU addative number, and it’s associated with pollution in lakes and rivers?

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    john brig

    November 22, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    So Thai….

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    harry1

    November 22, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    hair today, gone tomorrow, another unexplained situation,must have been the ghost

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    Joe

    November 22, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Agent Johnny English must be in charge.

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    James Pate

    November 22, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Oh, man! Someone has egg on his face now! When I read the 1st story,I thought it must be the biggest Special K bust in history! What a let down! No more Guiness Book of Records or anything! Hope the arrestees get more than an apology and a wai!

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    ynwaps

    November 22, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    the war on drugs is almost won. good job

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The hashtag #รถติด, (traffic jam), was among Twitter’s top 3 trending hashtags this morning as Bangkok motorists battled congestion caused by the police’s attempts to block protesters from the Crown Property Bureau.

First they used small portable metal barricades, then razor wire, then concrete blocks, then old buses. Now they’re going for the heavy “blockade” artillery – steel shipping containers. Officers secured the roads surrounding the Crown Property Bureau with the containers as barriers, which in turn caused traffic jams in the capital, despite confirmation that the protest location had changed. Photos of the containers put in place to act as makeshift barriers were widely shared on social media.

Last night, protest leaders confirmed the location of today’s rally has shifted from the Crown Property Bureau to the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank in the Chatuchak district of the capital. Activists say this is to avoid clashes with rival royalist groups who they claim are being sent to confront them. The Free Youth Movement posted confirmation of the new location on social media at around 10.30pm last night.

“Breaking: The November 25 rally will take place at SCB headquarters! This move is to avoid clashing with an organised mob and avoid playing the tyrant’s game. Meet us there at 3pm to claim back the property that should have been the people’s.”

The change of venue has thrown the police into confusion as they’d already shipped in up to 6,000 police to assist with “crowd control” around the Crown Property Bureau buildings.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Protest leaders from the United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration and the Free Youth Movement have confirmed that the location of today’s planned rally in Bangkok has been changed to the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank. The protest had been due to take place at the Crown Property Bureau at 3.00pm.

SCB is a Thai bank that was set up under the auspices of the Crown Property Bureau. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the largest single shareholder, owning 23.35% of SCB shares. The bank has announced that its head office, located at the Ratchayothin intersection in the Chatuchak district of the capital, will be closed today.

Leaders from both protest groups say someone will be available at the Democracy Monument to update activists who may not have heard about the change of location. They say the decision to change location was taken to avoid clashes with royalist groups who planned to confront them at the CPB.

Thai PBS World reports that earlier this morning, the Free Youth Movement posted a video on social media, in which they discuss, “the failed Thai state” and how the police do not make them feel safe.

“Under this state, people are ruled by capitalists, military and feudalists who wretchedly write the laws.”

Earlier, police had warned protesters to stay away from the planned rally site at the Crown Property Bureau. Over 6,000 officers are on duty to deal with any potential unrest, including reinforcements from provinces beyond Bangkok.

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UPDATE: The protesters have moved the location of today’s protests to the the headquarters of SCB (Siam Commercial Bank). SCB is a Thai bank that was set up under the auspices of the Crown Property Bureau. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the largest single shareholder, owning 23.35% of SCB shares.

ORIGINAL STORY: Stay away. That’s the orders from police as protesters are set to rally outside the Crown Property Bureau. Demonstrators will be required to stay at least 150 metres away from the building in Phitsanulok Road. It is the first protest to put the issues of HM the King’s wealth, and the role of the Thai Monarch in the Thai constitution, front and centre as the main focus.

A record 6,000 police have been mobilised to handle the expected large crowd. Additional police have been shipped in from the provinces to bolster security for today’s rally. They will be enforcing the “public assembly law” and require protesters to stay at least 150 metres away from the symbolic buildings. Army re-inforcements are also on hand, according to an Army spokesperson.

Last week the Thai PM said the government and police would use the “full force of the law” to arrest and charge protesters if they transgressed, including the country’s else majesty laws. The latter seems an almost certain outcome of today’s protests. The list of the protester’s demands – for the Thai PM to resign, the dissolution of the government, a new constitution and reform of the role of the Thai Monarch – are at odds with the Thai “establishment”, the conservative Prayut government and Army.

Police have already secured the area, blocking off entry to the Crown Property Bureau. 8 days ago there were ugly scene outside the Thai Parliament when police clashed with anti-government protesters who were trying to get to the front of the building to conduct their protest. A smaller gathering of pro-government/royalist protesters were also conducting a rally earlier in the day.

Mid afternoon, the police retreated after the anti-government protesters stormed their barricades, despite the police turning water cannons and tear gas on them, allowing the two factions to go at each other for a short time, hurling objects including bricks and rocks at each other. There were also live rounds fired at pro-democracy demonstrators – police say they’re still investigating the circumstances of the firing of guns during the melee.

Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon also warned royalists groups to avoid mounting a counter-demonstration against the planned anti-government rally yesterday.

“Authorities will ensure there is no confrontation between the two rival groups. Police have been instructed to keep an eye on so-called third-party activists who might try to instigate violence.”

The young, tech-savvy anti-government protesters have shown their capacity to change their plans and locations at extremely short notice with the use of encrypted messaging that has thwarted attempts by Thai police to second-guess the plans of the protest groups.

A deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police said yesterday that neither the Ratsadon (People’s Movement) or the Free Youth group had approached police seeking permission to hold today’s rally.

“While the right to hold rallies was guaranteed by the constitution, demonstrators must adhere to the public assembly law by asking for police approval at least 24 hours in advance. Their rallies must also be peaceful and not infringe on others’ rights.”

Nearby Saint Gabriel’s College, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University and Suan Dusit University are closed today because the planned demonstration and roads around the CPB will be closed to traffic. Classes will resume tomorrow.

According to the Bangkok Post, a new group, Siam Land, announced yesterday that they will mount a counter rally at the CPB to “stop the Free Youth protesters from going there”.

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