PHUKET – A 37-year-old Indian woman, Aizawl Lalchhuanthangi has been arrested at Thailand’s Phuket International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 4.5 kg of illegal drugs worth 15 million baht, into the country.Aizawl Lalchhuanthangi, charged with smuggling meth from India into Thailand, hides her face at a press conference. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong
The Thai Police said custom officials at the airport spotted a large bag while inspecting passengers’ luggage yesterday and arrested the woman, identified as Lalchhuanthangi when she showed up to collect the bag.
During search, customs officials found 4.5 kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the bag, the police said.
Lalchhuanthangi told police that she was paid paid 100,000 rupees, about 50,000 baht, for transporting the drugs from New Delhi to Phuket airport, where the package was to be handed over to another courier.
She was arrested on the charge of smuggling illegal drugs into Thailand for sales and later taken to Tha Chatchai police station of Thalang district in the tourist island resort of Phuket for further questioning.