Two Malaysians busted with almost 100kg of drugs in Thailand

20-Dec-2016 Intellasia | The Star | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Two Malaysian men were busted with almost 100kg of heroin and ‘crystal’ methamphetamine in their car in Chumpon, southern Thailand last week.

The two men, aged 44 and 46, had assumed that conducting their illegal trade in the early morning of that day was safest as they believed the Thai police would be tired after their night duty and would not check on their car.

“They believed travelling in the early morning meant they would have an easier passage to their destination, Hatyai, as the authorities manning the checkpoints (along the route) would be exhausted after working long hours.

“But they felt nervous after their car was stopped at a checkpoint in Chumphon about 8 am on December 11 after hours of driving from Bangkok and the officers noticed it,” said Narcotics Suppression Division acting chief, Maj Gen Dusadee Choosankij.

Upon further checking the car, the officers discovered 140 bars of heroin weighing 52.4 kilogram and 41 kilogram of ‘crystal’ methamphetamine, hidden in the car’s rear audio speaker compartment, he said.

The two Malaysians were nabbed in Chumphon, several hours from their intended destination, Hatyai, said Dusadee.

They will be charged and if found guilty, can face life imprisonment in a Thai jail.

According to Dusadee, the two Malaysians were contracted to transport the drugs worth millions to an unidentified person in Hatyai, who would then take the package across the border to Penang.

He also disclosed that while under detention, the two men continued to receive phone calls from the syndicate members eager to seek information on the drugs.

“We have checked the telephone numbers and the calls were made from Penang,” he said.

Upon knowing that the two men had been arrested and their effort to smuggle the drugs across the border had failed, the syndicate members sent chilling photos to the men, he said.

“They sent photos of the duo’s tortured and beaten friends in Malaysia to show to them that the beatings were the consequence of their failure to execute the mission successfully,” he said.

Dusadee said the heroin was well-packaged, indicating that the drug would most probably be sent to a third country after reaching Penang.


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