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2 Pakistani men at Suvarnabhumi airport caught for drug smuggling


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2 Pakistani men at Suvarnabhumi airport caught for drug smuggling

Earlier this week, two Pakistani nationals were caught at Suvarnabhumi Airport trying to smuggle 30.6 kilograms of ketamine and 1.1 kilograms of heroin into the kingdom. The total street value of the seized drugs was 95 million baht.

The head of customs, General Pachara Anantasilp, told reporters that the two men were caught trying to walk through the “not declare” exit.

They had travelled from Karachi to the United Arab Emirates before landing in Thailand on an Emirates flight. The drugs were hidden in instant tea bags in their luggage.

Pachara said the drugs were not discovered at Karachi or Dubai airports until they arrived in Thailand. He said the other airports may have missed the catch because they focused more on weapons and other dangerous items. The two suspects are currently being questioned.

Although drug smuggling via air travel declined during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has picked up again as Thailand slowly reopens. Customs randomly checked the baggage of arriving and departing passengers.

Since October 2020, 202 suspects have been caught smuggling drugs worth about 8.5 billion baht.

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