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Police say they found a gram of ketamine in failed drug bust

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After a failed drug bust, mistaking around 12 tonnes of the cleaning agent and food additive trisodium phosphate for the drug ketamine, police are now saying that they did find a little ketamine. Just 1.2 grams.

In November, police announced “Thailand’s largest ketamine drug bust,” saying they busted a major multinational drug network and seized $1 billion USD worth of ketamine. Police were even photographed by the “contraband”… bags labeled “TSP” for trisodium phosphate, a chemical used as a cleaning agent and food additive. Apparently, there was a “technical error” in the field testing. Both substances come out purple, a positive result for ketamine.

Head of the Narcotics Control Board, Wichai Chaimongkol, announced today that 12.1 tonnes contained trisodium phosphate, 301 kilograms was calcium carbonate and 1.2 grams was ketamine. He says the “bust” was part of an international investigation following arrests in Taiwan.

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    Chipemberi

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Ah well… Now they don’t have to take down their photographs at home to save embarrassment

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    Rasputin

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Does anybody actually believe them? I think this story has been concocted to try to excuse their incompetence and save their embarrassment.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    What did one cop say to the other cop…….quick plant a gram on them so we don’t look like total dicks……haha

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    Ray

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    What are the chances of finding 1.2 gram of powder in 12 tonnes of similar looking powder? 1 in 1088622

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    Ray

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    ………..I meant to say the chance of finding 1.2 gram of powder in 12 tonnes of similar looking powder is 1 in 10886220. And that’s when the 1.2 gram is not mixed with the rest.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Yeah, right.

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    1.2 grams to save face. How foolish they look…again.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Im addicted to thaiger each day to read what the thai clowns come up with next its hilarious for example no covid, space ship ,1.2 gram of drug found in 12 tonnes of cleaning product, dirty farang,domestic tourism so busy,stv lots coming lol the list goes on they really believe themselves which is the scary scary bit and they wonder why I won’t invest in this country while these clowns are In charge

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Ah but you see Thai Police have exceptional good eyesight.
    They can spot a one ferang riding a motorcycle, on the road, among 50 Thais on motorcycles and pull the ferang over for a check.
    So spotting 1.2 grams of ketamine in 12 tonnes of powder is easy to them.

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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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Pharmaceutical imports investigated after traces of diazepam detected in narcotics cocktail

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Pharmaceutical imports are being investigated after traces of the anti-anxiety pill diazepam were detected in the ketamine-based drug cocktail, known as “K powdered milk.” The narcotic cocktail is suspected of causing 7 deaths in Bangkok.

The Food and Drug Administration oversees imports of diazepam, also known by the brand name Valium, and has been asked to send a list of distributors over to the Narcotics Control Board for review. The Customs Department has also been asked to examine imports of pharmaceuticals.

Secretary general of the narcotics board, Vichai Chaimongkol, says diazepam is not available over the counter in Thailand. (Although, some pharmacies have been known to sell Valium without a doctor’s prescription.) He says authorities are investigating to find the source of the pharmaceutical drugs detected in the narcotic cocktail.

“From our initial investigation, the diazepam is likely to have been smuggled from abroad, or smuggled out of pharmacies.”

“K powdered milk is ketamine laced with a variety of narcotics. Police say it contains traces of heroin, methamphetamine, sleeping medication and diazepam. Apparently, there’s also another ketamine-based drug cocktail called “Talaysai,” which is apparently much stronger than “K powdered milk,” a friend of an apparent overdose victim told police.

Vichai says he suspects the drug cocktail containing diazepam is produced in a large scale operation, adding it’s unlikely a small-scale dealer would mix in the pharmaceutical drugs because it would be too expensive.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Drug trafficking suspects arrested after shootout with police, 1 injured

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A drug suspect was injured in a shootout with police around 1am this morning in Isaan province Nakhon Ratchasima. The suspect and another man were both arrested for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine pills and crystal methamphetamine.

Police say they believe the drugs were being trafficked from Nakhon Phanom, a province bordering Laos, to provinces in the central region. As the suspects’ pickup truck passed through Nakhon Ratchasima’s Non Daeng district, police followed and signaled for the truck to stop.

The passenger began to shoot at police while the driver tried to avoid a roadblock. Police fired back, wounding a suspect. The truck then stopped.

Police searched the pickup truck, finding more than 2 million methamphetamine pills and 400 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.

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Police arrest 4 more people suspected of trafficking ketamine-based drug cocktail

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Police arrested 4 more people suspected of trafficking a ketamine-based drug cocktail which is said to be linked to 7 deaths in Bangkok. In the past few days, 17 people have reportedly required medical treatment after using narcotics, which police suspect is the drug cocktail known as “K powdered milk.”

Police say 6 people in the Wat Phraya Krai district died after consuming the drug cocktail on Sunday. Another person in the Sutthisan district died yesterday and police believe the death is also linked to the drug cocktail. The initial medical reports say the victims died from heart and respiratory failure, but results from toxicology testing have not been released yet.

A ketamine-based white powder was found near the dead victims, which police suspect is “K powdered milk.” A Police General Hospital physician tested 2 samples and says the tests detected ketamine, heroin, ecstasy and traces of the sleeping pill diazepam. The drugs are crushed together, resembling milk powder. Police say the narcotics are mixed to enhance the effects of ketamine.

In previous reports, police said the ketamine-based drug cocktail contained methamphetamine, heroin and traces of the sleeping pill ramelteon. A professor even claimed that “K powdered milk” also contains the drugs used in prison executions by lethal injection, but that claim has not been backed by an official drug analysis.

Some reports say people have lost consciousness after taking the drug, others report hallucinations. Thai PBS reports 17 people have required medical treatment after suspected use of “K powdered milk.” Urine samples were collected and results will be released in the next 3 to 5 days.

4 of the people seeking medical attention were admitted to a drug treatment centre while the others were discharged after being given medicine, according to the director of the Boromarajonani National Drug Addiction and Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment.

The national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk says officers are looking for the source of “K powdered milk” and says more suspects will be arrested.

Police recently arrested 4 suspected traffickers on charges of possessing and trafficking methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine. Some dealers are suspected of selling drugs at an entertainment venue in the Rama 3 area where a victim worked.

Police say 26 year old Wirat Kaphueak and 22 year old Watchara Chiangchin are believed to be small-scale dealers while the other suspects, 18 year old Chatree Srisombat and 26 year old Nopakao Obthom, are suspected to be middle-level traffickers.

A 23 year old woman in Bangkok’s Sai Mai area was also arrested yesterday after police received a tip that she was allegedly selling “K powdered milk.” Police say they searched Sirikarn Chuekhetkram’s pockets and found 3 small plastic bags containing a white powder. They found 3 more small bags in her bedroom. Police say the drug mixture contained ketamine and the sleeping pill ramelteon, which is prescribed under the brand name Rozerem.

The woman allegedly told police that she bought the drugs from a friend in Pathum Thani’s Lam Luk Ka district for 470 baht per gram and sold the drugs through Facebook for 600 baht per gram.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS

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