SA KAEO – Thai Customs House officers and police on Monday arrested an Australian National Luke Craig McCann for smuggling nearly a hundred small bottles of liquid ketamine, also known as K, from Cambodia.
A drug checkpoint was set up today at Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province to help stem the smuggling of illicit drugs into the country before the Loy Krathong celebrations starts next week.
Ninety-six 10 milliliter bottles of liquid ketamine were found in the baggage of 22-year-old Australian, Luke Craig McCann, as police carried out random checks on him and a group of foreign tourists as they entered Thailand from the Cambodian town of Poipet.
Police also discovered 23 used syringes in Mr McCann’s baggage.
The suspect said he is employed as a contractor in Australia and that he purchased the drug in Cambodia intending to sell and distribute the vials in Australia.
The syringes, however, were not drug-related but used for hormone injections to build his muscle more quickly as he is an dedicated bodybuilder.
Mr McCann was detained for further investigation at Klong Luek Police Station in Aranyaprathet.
Also called K, ket, special K, vitamin K, cat valium.
- Originally developed as a general anesthetic for humans but is now mostly used in animal medicine.
- Can be sold as a liquid, capsules, or crystal and is often distributed as a white powder.
- Colourless, odourless, tasteless, and can easily be dissolved in a drink.
- Difficult to know the exact strength of the drug or if it has been cut with dangerous chemicals, especially when buying from an unfamiliar supplier.
- Taken with other drugs, including alcohol, greatly increases the risk of overdose and death. Boosting (taking more while already high) is even riskier.
- Little is known about the long-term effects of regular ketamine use. Any drug can be addictive and have very negative effects.
- Begins with a rush (within 5–20 minutes) and can last for about an hour depending on dose
- Users report feeling relaxed and sedated
- Music may seem louder, but ketamine “shuts off” the ability to hear certain kinds of sounds
- Tastes and smells are decreased
- Feeling removed from the body
- Confusion, chaos, blackouts
- Difficulty moving or speaking
- Inability to see or hear others (the “K-hole”)
- Powerful hallucinations or Near Death Experiences (NDE)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Breathing problems or racing heart