Thailand: more than a ton of methamphetamine seized in less than a week

Thailand: More than a ton of methamphetamine seized in less than 'one week


More than a ton of methamphetamine has been seized in less than a week by Thai police, Thai police reported on Tuesday, as Thailand has seen drug trafficking increase since reopening its doors. borders. 

The takeover comes after an upsurge in clashes between police and smugglers in the kingdom's remote northern hinterlands, areas that have long been a narcotics hub .

After a report, police arrested 10 Thai nationals in a succession of raids in the north and south of the country.

“Some of these drugs were kept for some time before being transported to southernmost provinces, and they were supposed to be shipped to other countries afterwards,” said Chinnapat Sarasin, deputy chief of the Thai National Police.

According to him, Thailand is “surrounded by drug manufacturing hubs,” but the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented smugglers from moving their goods.

“Now that the country has reopened, accumulated products are simply shipped without interruption,” he said.

A transnational gang of drug traffickers is behind this illicit traffic, police added in a statement.

731 kg of methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, were seized during the first two raids carried out in the provinces of Phatthalung (south) and Surat Thani (south).

Based on information, police officers have Thursday arrested three men after the discovery of 688 kg of this substance in three vehicles, introduced according to them clandestinely in the northeast of the country before being transported towards the south. After finding 43 kg of narcotics, police also arrested four other people who were using Thailand's popular LINE messaging app to sell the drugs.

Another man was arrested in the province of Chiang Rai (north) as he prepared to transport some 300 kg of crystal meth hidden in tea bags south.

Finally, some 114 kg of drugs were seized in the provinces of Nakhon Sawan (center) and Patum Thani (center) and two men were arrested.

More than a billion doses of methamphetamine have been seized throughout Southeast Asia and East Asia in 2021, according to a United Nations report.