BANGKOK: A Malaysian has been arrested by Thai police for having 64kg of cannabis near the Malaysian-Thai border.
Haadyai Deputy Police Chief, Pol Lt Col Tanawat Sengsui, said police acting on a tip-off arrested the 36-year-old fruit truck driver from Penang at a guesthouse in a village in Khuan Lang, Songkhla at 2.30am (local time) on Saturday.
He said police found compressed lumps of marijuana weighing 64kg hidden in a modified compartment of his Malaysian-registered car.
“The man admitted he picked up the drugs in Haadyai and planned to smuggle them into Penang the next day. He confessed that he had been hired to smuggle the marijuana into Malaysia via different border checkpoints before he was nabbed,” he said. He added that the man was nabbed into his fifth marijuana delivery, and the suspect tried to bribe the police to release him.
Tanawat said the suspect had no criminal record related to drug offences in Malaysia.
He said the man also admitted that he only smuggled marijuana to Malaysia with 60kg to 70kg per delivery and was paid 30,000 baht (RM3,824) for each trip.
Dried marijuana is valued at 10,000 baht (RM1,274) per kg in Thailand whereas the price is double or triple in Malaysia. — Bernama