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Following arrests in Australia and South Korea involving large shipments of methamphetamine from Thailand, the Justice Department is working with foreign agencies to investigate transnational drug trafficking with routes to Thailand, the Justice Department said. Minister Somsak Thepsuthin.

Last month, more than 300 kilograms of methamphetamine worth 2.29 billion baht was seized from a Thai cargo ship in a Sydney harbor. The Australian Border Force searched the cargo and found the methamphetamine hidden inside electronic water heaters and barbecues.

“Australian police provided information on 316 kilograms of crystal meth found on a cargo ship from Thailand on May 8 in Sydney, which enabled us to track down the suspects behind the smuggling operation… We now know that the drugs were sent from Mukdahan to the south. from Thailand before being shipped overseas in boxes of electrical appliances.

Recently in South Korea, a Thai man was arrested for drug trafficking after authorities at Incheon Airport in Seoul discovered more than 4 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in protein supplements smuggled on a flight in from Thailand. Somsak says the drugs were intended for illegal Thai migrants known as “phi noi,” meaning “little ghosts,” a name referring to Thais who work undocumented in a foreign country.

Somsak says investigators have found that many buyers of illicit drugs pay using cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and order drugs through mobile apps, online delivery companies, and private delivery companies, methods that make the more difficult for the police to follow.

“This prompted the ministry to work closely with foreign agencies to stay one step ahead of drug traffickers.”

The Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet, is a notorious location for drug trafficking as well as the production of methamphetamine and opium. Somsak says this makes Thailand a prime target for drug unions. Seizures of methamphetamine and heroin have increased in recent years.

“Since 2019, we have seized an increasing amount of drugs in Thailand – far greater than the amount that has slipped and reached destination countries such as Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.”

Photo via Facebook / Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Justice works with foreign agencies to crack down on drug trafficking |  Thaiger News

Photo via Facebook / Ministry of Justice

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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