BANGKOK – Acting Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang told Thai media on Wednesday that a Thai couple have been arrested after hiding 600 grams of crystal methamphetamine in their rectums as they were trying to smuggle the drugs out of the country at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport.
Pol Lt Gen Sompong said that the suspects — Chaisin Mekpho, 42, and his wife Rattanaphon Khamphit, 36 — were intercepted by immigration police on May 4 when they had their passports checked at Don Mueang airport, acting Immigration Bureau chief Sompong Chingduang said on Wednesday.
A total of 51 packages of drugs wrapped in transparent plastic tape were found during cavity searches, according to the inspection team.
Both were about to take a flight to Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia, but their travel plans were cut short by a tip-off from a police informant.
They later allegedly admitted to having been hired by a woman from the Philippines to transport the drugs to the popular tourist island.
Pol Lt Gen Sompong also told the media that immigration police nabbed a Chinese criminal suspect at the airport on Sunday.
Chinese National Lu Dayang, listed on an Interpol red notice, is wanted by the Chinese government after he was accused of being involved in transporting contraband, Pol Lt Gen Sompong said.
His alleged wrongdoing could result in a life sentence. The Chinese national managed to escape from custody earlier and was believed to have been hiding in Thailand since he arrived in the country on May 8.
Immigration police earlier allowed Mr Lu to stay in the kingdom until May 22, but his visa was revoked after the Chinese embassy informed officers of his criminal record.
The man was met by police at the airport as he was planning to fly to Macao.