ANGKOK (Bernama): A Malaysian was arrested by Thai police for having 64kg of cannabis near the border between the two countries on Saturday (April 6).
Hatyai deputy police chief, Pol Lt Col Thanawat Sengsui, said they acted on a tip-off and arrested the 36-year-old, who was driving a truck from Penang, at a guesthouse in a village in Khuan Lang, Songkhla at 2.30am.
He said police found compressed lumps of marijuana weighing 64kg hidden in a modified compartment of his Malaysian-registered vehicle.
"The man admitted he picked up the drugs in Hatyai and was planning to smuggle it into Penang the next day. He confessed that he had been hired to smuggle the marijuana into Malaysia via different border checkpoints before," said Thanawat.
He added that this was the suspect's his fifth marijuana delivery job and he tried to bribe the police to release him.
Tanawat said the suspect has no criminal record related to drug offences in Malaysia.
He said the man also admitted that he only smuggled marijuana to Malaysia, delivering 60kg to 70 kg each time and was paid 30,000 baht (RM3,850) for each trip.
Marijuana is valued at 10,000 baht (RM12,820) per kg in Thailand whereas the price is double or triple that in Malaysia.
This is the second case of a Malaysian arrested by Thai police for drug offences this month.
On April 2, a Malaysian aged 55 was arrested with a total of 32g of crystal methamphetamine in 40 small packets and 11.9g of cannabis in his house in Hatyai.
Thanawat said the man had been arrested for drug offences before and was sentenced to two years in jail in Songkhla and released three years ago.
"The suspect sells the drugs for 500 baht (RM65) and 1,000 baht (RM1,282) per packet," he said. – Bernama