Malaysia nets 56kg ‘ice’ on Thai fishing boat

29-Sep-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Thai fishing boat from this southern province boarded by Malaysian authorities near Langkawi island on Friday was found to be carrying 56.5 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, police said. Two men on the boat jumped overboard and escaped arrest.

The information came from Malaysian authorities on Langkawi island in Malaysia’s Kedah Stat, said Pol Lt Col Bancherd Manaves, an officer of the Satun-based marine police.

On September 25 at about 1am, a patrol boat of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized a fishing boat from Thailand’s Satun province in an area about 2.3 nautical miles east of Langkawi. However, two men on the boat jumped overboard and escaped.

In a search of the boat, authorities found two black suitcases containing 51 bags of “China tea”each bag actually containing about 1.1kg of ice. The drugs weighed 56.5kg in total, worth about 11.3 million ringits or 79.1 million baht.

The boat and the drugs were taken to the MMEA office in Langkawi for further legal action.

Pol Lt Col Bancherd said a police investigation revealed the two men on board the fishing boat were youths from Muang district of Satun province. One of them had returned to his house while the other was still at large, he added.


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