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Thai-Australian joint action nets Ice hidden in old printer


A JOINT investigation by Thai Airport Interdiction Task Force (AITF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) led to the arrest of a woman who was parcelling 989 grammes of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) hidden in a secret compartment of an old printer to Australia, TV Channel 7 said this evening (Apr. 8).

Mr. Wichai Chaimongkol, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), said Ms Atcharawan (surname withheld) was arrested after investigation showed that she onward parcelled drugs to Australia that were sent from Camboida to her condominium in the Nawamin area of Bangkok.

The suspect has confessed to having been involved in sending five drug parcels to Australia and succeeded in sending four of them with the narcotics hidden in lipstick caps, magnetic sheets attached to parcel boxes and old printers. 

She was also accused of being involved in the transfer of money in the smuggling of 56 kilogrammes of Ice and 13 kilogrammes of heroin via the same route – from Cambodia to Thailand then onwards to Australia.

Meanwhile the 18th Thai-Lao Conference on Drug Prevention and Suppression meeting led to two large drug seizures last month. In the first case a total of 11.9 million methamphetamine pills was seized Laos’ in Bokeo province and in the second case 4 million meth pills and 25 kilogrammes of ice were seized in Vientiane and suspects arrested.

Next week ONCB will hold a video conference with Cambodia and Australia to conclude investigations into this drug trafficking case.


Officials removed the Ice hidden in a secret compartment of an old printer today. The Thai headline says, “Secret compartment made to hide Ice.” Photo: TV Channel 7

Also read: Over 190kg Ice heading for Australia seized at Klong Toey

Over 800kg Ice heading for Taiwan seized

HK seizes heroin from Thailand disguised as noodles seasoning powder

HK seizes heroin hidden in electrical appliances sent from Thailand

Australia seizes $100m ice in heaters, barbecues on Thai cargo ship

Over a tonne of Ice, heroin seized near Malaysian border


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