Thai police seize one tonne of crystal meth worth RM118mil


BANGKOK (AFP): Thai authorities intercepted a tonne of crystal methamphetamine in one of the kingdom's biggest ever single seizures of the illegal drug, police said Sunday.

The haul, with an estimated value of more than US$25 million(RM118 million) on the international market, was found when officers stopped a pickup truck in central Nakhon Nayok province on Friday.

Acting National Police Chief Kittharath Punpetch said police, military and local officials had been monitoring several smuggling gangs and learned of a plan to move a large amount of the drug, commonly known by the street name "ice".

Kittharath told a news conference that 40 bags of the drug, weighing a tonne in total, were found in the truck.

Its driver was arrested but investigators believe the head of the smuggling network is a Thai national based in a neighbouring country.

The kingdom is a major transit route for illicit drugs produced in the so-called "Golden Triangle" region where northern Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

Myanmar is a major source of amphetamine, much of it produced in illegal labs in border areas controlled by ethnic minority armed groups. - AFP

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Thailand , Cops , Special Op , Big Nab , Meth , US$25mil worth

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Hong Kong paraglider who went missing for six hours dies after being found unconscious
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says a gardener taught him one of the most ‘profound learnings’ of his life – it’s why he can be on top of every detail at the chip giant
FBM KLCI reverses early gains to end at intraday low
Importance of eggs in M'sian diet main reason for price cut, says Anwar
Japan reports record spike in flesh-eating bacterial infections
Hong Kong airport urged to review contingency plans after eight-hour runway closure
Guo’s lawyer writes to Palace: Mayor innocent; has no Pogo link
Cricket-Warner looking forward to no Sandpaper-gate flak in retirement
Ex-governor upbeat about East Java becoming Indonesia's economic centre
Thailand passes landmark Bill approving same-sex marriage

Others Also Read