Almost three tones of illicit drugs worth about 6.5 billion baht on the street were burned at Bang Pa-in industrial estate in Ayutthaya on Friday, part of the government’s national agenda on combating drug abuse.
Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra presided over the incineration, which follows the global community’s commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which this year fell on Tuesday.
The drugs burned today were seized by police and presented as evidence in 1,023 court cases. They included 21.5 million methamphetamine pills, 147kg of crystal methamphetamine, 58kg of heroin, 6kg of ecstasy tablets, 3.9kg of cocaine,1.3kg of marijuana and 1.8 million pseudoephedrine-based pills.
It was the 41st large bonfire to destroy narcotics and other drugs in Thailand. The drugs were burned in a pyrolytic incinerator, which causes no air pollution.