Taiwan, Thailand cooperate in major drug seizure in Bangkok


BANGKOK, July 5 (CNA) – A joint operation by law enforcement agencies from Taiwan and Thailand has crushed a drug smuggling operation in Bangkok and seized about 50 kilograms of ketamine, Thai authorities said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Working with the Investigative Bureau of Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice, a seaport ban task force composed of Thailand’s Customs Service, Bureau of Narcotics Control Committee, Bureau of Narcotics Suppression and Armed Forces Security Center seized the drugs on June 30. Anuntasilpa Patchara, Director General of Thailand Customs Service, said at the press conference.

The drugs, which were in 51 packs of tea leaves hidden in three vacuum-packaging machines, were discovered at the port in Khlong Toei district bound for Taiwan, Patchara said.

According to the task force, the market value of the drugs in Taiwan is estimated at NT$146 million (US$4.9 million).

Tung Yu-kuang (董裕光), an officer with the Taiwan Bureau of Investigations based in Thailand, was also present at the press event.

Thai authorities have arrested two Thai suspects, a man and a woman, while their Taiwanese counterparts work to identify and arrest accomplices in Taiwan.


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