Sections: DrugsThailand

Ketamine seized last week in “biggest drug bust ever” contains only chemical cleaning agents

Whoops. After claiming that ketamine was seized in what Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board says is the biggest drug bust on record, the board is now saying the initial 60 bags that were tested, contained only chemical cleaning agents.  Last week’s bust at a Chachoengsao warehouse made international headlines as officials reportedly found 11.5 tonnes of the illegal drug. Special K indeed!

Now, in an about face, the board has embarrassingly admitted that the supposed ketamine was actually trisodium phosphate (TSP), a “cleaner, builder, lubricant, food additive, stain remover, and degreaser” that is commonly used in food and pharmaceutical industries. There was a large TSP label on the bags on display as the Thai police paraded their “evidence”.

However, the chemicals found in those bags had been known to be commonly used to hide and help smuggle such illegal drugs across international borders.  Such as authorities began investigating the warehouse after receiving notification from Taiwanese authorites that a ketamine shipment was received from Thailand, weighing 300 kilograms.

It is not clear how the bags’ ingredients initially tested positive for ketamine, yet upon further analysis, there was no traces found. Authorities point to a reagent test that was used first, in which the product will turn purple if ketamine is detected.  This doesn’t mean, however, that all the bags are ketamine free.  The deputy secretary-general, Wichai Chaimongkol, reaffirmed this by indicating that there were still 415 sacks that have yet to be examined.

“However, it is not possible to confirm at the moment if the amount of Ketamine will be discovered after completing the examination since all of the bags might be used to disguise and deceive officials when smuggling Ketamine that might have been already smuggled to Taiwan, as their authorities had alerted us on September.”

Wichai also said that legal proceedings could be taken against the drug dealers in the Kingdom upon their arrests since the case has already happened internationally. He says the ONCB will file a criminal report to the Bureau of Narcotics for further investigation.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

This post was last modified on November 22, 2020 4:51 pm

The Thaiger

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

View Comments

  • Ketamine itself is a pain killer , it is widely used in medical applications worldwide.

    It can have mild psychoactive effects too, so some countries may list it as illegal substance.

  • Is this classified as 'fake News' from the biggest fakers out there? Wonder what the punishment will be for causing Thailand to be a laughing stock, this story went international.

  • There either very short on pharmacy personal in the drug squad, or someone has a lot of powder that will be on the market soon.

Published by

Recent News

Go looking for mushrooms, find 10 grenades – NE Thailand

You're just walking along, casually foraging for mushrooms when, behold, you come across 10 grenades! 10…

December 5, 2020

“Vaccines are no magic bullet” – World Health Organisation

"Vaccines will be no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis as nations gear up for…

December 5, 2020

ทอง 5 ธ.ค. 63 วันพ่อ ราคาทองทรงตัว ทองรูปพรรณบาทละ 26,800 บาท

ราคาทอง 5 ธ.ค. 63 ราคาทองวันพ่อ ทองรูปพรรณบาทละ 26,800 บาท ทองรูปพรรณรับซื้อบาทละ 25,726.52 บาท ราคาทอง 5 ธ.ค. 63…

December 5, 2020

Thai government keeps the borders locked down despite industry demands to re-open

Despite progress in vaccines and the hard lobbying from Thailand's tourism and hospitality industries, the…

December 5, 2020

FazWaz accelerates growth in SE Asia property market with latest funding round

FazWaz, a leading real estate transaction marketplace headquartered in Bangkok, has raised a new round…

December 5, 2020

Thai jasmine 105 scoops top prize in world’s best rice competition

Competition judges seeking the world’s best-tasting rice have awarded the top prize to Thailand’s jasmine…

December 5, 2020