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Police at Bangkok airport seize methamphetamine from parcel en route to Australia

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Police at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport seized crystal methamphetamine that was hidden in an express mail parcel destined for Australia. The Airport Interdiction Task Force searched the EMS package addressed to Melbourne and found bags containing a total of around 750 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden in 3 large motorcycle parts.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin recently announced that the ministry is now working with foreign agencies to investigate transnational drug trafficking operations with routes in Thailand. The move follows busts in Australia and South Korea where methamphetamine had been trafficked from Thailand.

Somsak says Thailand is a major route for drug trafficking, particularly methamphetamine and heroin. He says most of the drugs are produced outside of Thailand, primarily in Myanmar near the Golden Triangle, and then trafficked through several routes in Thailand to various other countries.

The recent bust at the Suvarnabhumi Airport was announced today by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board secretary general Wichai Chaimongkol. He says information on the case will be shared with Australian police.

Following the drug seizure, Wichai also spoke with a representative from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. To tackle the transnational drug trafficking operations, authorities from countries in the Mekong river basin, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, will have a video meeting chaired by Thailand’s justice minister on July 5.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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