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Bid to smuggle heroin to Hong Kong in pillows busted

Bid to smuggle heroin to Hong Kong in pillows busted

CENTRAL: The illicit drug, which was hidden inside rubber pillows in the container, were worth more than Bt100 million.

“We detected irregularities before the container was shipped to Hong Kong,” Customs Department director-general Kulit Sombatsiri said at the weekend.

He said officials operating an X-ray machine noticed that there were something hidden inside the pillows.  According to him, there were two heroin bars in each stuffed pillow. Together, 80 bars or 28 kilos of illicit drugs were found.

“Y&S Solutions Trading Co Ltd had arranged for the transport of this container to Hong Kong,” Kulit said.  This firm was registered only on January 30. Last month, it sent two lots of rubber pillows to Hong Kong too but nothing suspicious was found.

The Customs Department has already blacklisted this firm. Three people suspected to be involved in its business have now been charged with drug possession and smuggling.

From last October until now, the Customs Department has already seized Bt144 million worth of illicit drugs while being smuggled into or out of the country.

Narcotics Suppression Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sommai Kongwisaisuk said drug-trafficking networks had been upgrading their operations across the world.

“I am now in the process of asking for a budget to develop full-scale narcotics checkpoints,” he said, “These checkpoints will have greater efficiency.”

Sommai said as for now, officials had been instructed to be active in suppressing drugs, including during the Songkran holidays.