OFFICERS of the Seaport Interdiction Task Force (SITF) seized 193.5 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine (Ice), worth 116 million baht, at Klong Toey port that had been labelled as boxing sandbags destined for Australia, Amarin TV said today (Dec. 23).
At a press conference attended by Mr. Phachara Anantasil, head of the Customs Department, and other senior officers including Mr. Joel Carruthers, an adviser to the Australian Border Force (ABF) attached to the Australian embassy, it was revealed that the large amount of the drug was hidden in 15 of 30 cardboard crates labelled as boxing sandbags.
The remaining 15 cardboard crates contained the stands for installing the boxing sandbags.
Phachara said that so far in the 2022 fiscal year, starting October this year, the Customs Department had chalked up a total of 19 drug busts with the drugs seized being worth over 1.7 billion baht.
Meanwhile Hong Kong Customs seized about 22 kilogrammes of suspected heroin with an estimated market value of about HK$29 million (approximately 125.5 million baht) concealed in a consignment of canned fruit from Thailand.
The shipment of 40 cartons of canned fruit had arrived at a devanning area in Yuen Long. Upon examination, the suspected heroin was found concealed inside 72 cans from three cartons.
After follow-up investigation, Customs officers on Monday Dec. 20 arrested two men, aged 20 and 33, suspected to be connected with the case in Yuen Long. An investigation is ongoing and the likelihood of further arrests is not ruled out.
Klong Toey customs officers examining the large amount of Ice they seized. Photos: Amarin TV
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