Thai police seize Malaysia-bound ‘Ice’ worth RM50 million

BANGKOK (BERNAMA) – Thai police have foiled an attempt to smuggle one tonne of ‘Ice’ worth RM50 million into Malaysia, Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) said yesterday.

Deputy NSB Chief Lieutenant General Pornchai Charoenwong said three suspects – two Malaysians aged 21 and 22 and a Myanmar, 35, – were arrested at 4.30am in Phichit Province, about 330km from Bangkok, on November 10.

Acting on a tip-off, police stopped a pick-up truck driven by one of the suspects and upon inspection, found ‘Ice’ in hundreds of Chinese tea packets in a plastic bag in the vehicle, he said.

“The drugs are believed smuggled from a neighbouring country to Chiang Rai, northern Thailand and kept in store in Bang Pa-in District in Ayutthaya. Later, it would be transported to southern Thailand before being smuggled to Malaysia.

“We believe Malaysia is a transit point before the drugs are distributed to other countries,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Pornchai said the suspects claimed they were promised of THB100,000 per person to smuggle the drugs. He added that the police are hunting down another two suspects, including the mastermind of the drug syndicate.

“The court will issue warrants for their arrest soon,” he said.

One tonne of ‘Ice’ worth RM50 million seized by the Thai police on display. PHOTO: BERNAMA