THREE international parcels containing 7,880 grammes of heroin and 4,440 grammes of liquid Ice (liquid crystal methamphetamine) with the former heading for Taiwan and the latter Australia were seized at Don Mueang Airport over the past two days, TV Channel 7 said today (Oct. 15).
Mr. Wichai Chaimongkol, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, said the Airport Interdiction Task Force (AITF) spotted two suspicious boxes heading for Taiwan at this airport’s warehouse on Wednesday Oct. 12.
Upon opening them the officials found heroin, a category one drug, hidden in 30 hilltribe waistbands weighing altogether 3,940 grammes per box for a total of 7,880 grammes.
Yesterday Oct. 14 the AITF team found another suspicious parcel heading for Australia and upon opening it found 4,440 grammes of liquid Ice hidden in 220 small contact lens bottles.
Wichai said drug traffickers had switched to trading online and sending the drugs by parcel post which is quick and easy to use. Thai and foreign drug agencies recognise this and are working hard through good cooperation in suppressing this drug route.
The discovery of liquid Ice hidden in contact lens bottles is a good example of this cooperation because it would have been difficult to find it without international exchange of information.
The Thai drug agency will now liaise with their Taiwanese and Australian counterparts to further investigate the two cases.
In fiscal 2022 AITF had intercepted 144 international drug parcels with this including 121.27 kgs of Ice, 11.47 kgs of heroin, 59.74 kgs of cocaine, 34.8 kgs of ketamine, and 7,790 Ecstacy pills and 193,051 methamphetamine pills with 28 suspects being arrested.
Fourteen of the cases involved parcels of mostly household appliances, garments and accessories and semi-finished food/drinks being sent to Australia totalling 23.84 kgs of Ice and 1.1 kgs of heroin.
One parcel heading for Taiwan containing 2,700 grammes of heroin was also intercepted.
Liquid Ice hidden in contact lens bottles, left, and heroin hidden in hilltribe waistbands, right. Photos: Ejan.co