CHIANG MAI – Authorities from Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States have teamed up to arrest four people, including two Taiwanese, suspected of drug smuggling in Thailand, the Investigation Bureau said.
They were caught in Chiang Mai in a raid carried out Thursday, during which 51.74 kilograms of ketamine were seized by local police.
The drugs have a street value of about NT$100 million in Taiwan, the bureau said.
The suspects planned to ship the drugs to Taiwan in bags marked as tea leaves, said Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Police Chalermkiat Srivorakan at a press event held with Chinnapat Sarasin, head of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, in Chiang Mai on Friday.
Chinnapat thanked the Taiwanese authority and the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for cooperating with Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in the case.
According to Thai authorities, the Taiwanese suspects will be tried in Thailand.
On Friday, the Taiwanese Investigation Bureau said the case was connected to another one from January this year, when some 320 kg of ketamine shipped from Thailand was discovered in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, a Vietnamese man was arrested on Thursday morning while allegedly trying to cross the border into Cambodia in Sa Kaew province after he sneaked into the kingdom to tour Bangkok and Pattaya for three days.
Immigration police noticed Tran Min Huang walking back and fourth in the departure area of the immigration office in Sa Kaew’s Aranya Prathet district. When they interrogated him they found that he had no travel documents.
The man told the authorities via an interpreter that he has no passport so he sneaked across the Sa Kaew border from Cambodia.
He said he has visited Bangkok and Pattaya for three days and he was trying to find a way to sneak across the border back to Cambodia to return to Vietnam.
He was taken to the Klong Luek police station to face charges.