Cavity search halts Thai couple's meth-smuggling plan

Cavity search halts Thai couple's meth-smuggling plan

Pair nabbed at Don Mueang bound for Bali with 600g hidden where sun doesn't shine

Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang explains to the media on Wednesday on the operations to arrest criminal suspects at Don Mueang airport. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)
Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang explains to the media on Wednesday on the operations to arrest criminal suspects at Don Mueang airport. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

A Thai couple who hid 600 grammes of crystal methamphetamine in their rectums have been arrested as they were trying to smuggle the drugs out of the country.

The suspects — Chaisin Mekpho, 42, and his wife Rattanaphon Khamphit, 36 — were intercepted by immigration police on May 4 when they had their passports checked at Don Mueang airport, acting Immigration Bureau chief Sompong Chingduang said on Wednesday.

A total of 51 packages of drugs wrapped in transparent plastic tape were found during cavity searches, according to the inspection team.

Both were about to take a flight to Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia, but their travel plans were cut short by a tip-off from a police informant.

They later allegedly admitted to having been hired by a woman from the Philippines to transport the drugs to the popular tourist island, Pol Lt Gen Sompong said.

His agency nabbed a Chinese criminal suspect at the airport on Sunday.

Lu Dayang, listed on an Interpol red notice, is wanted by the Chinese government after he was accused of being involved in transporting contraband, Pol Lt Gen Sompong said.

His alleged wrongdoing could result in a life sentence. The Chinese national managed to escape from custody earlier and was believed to have been hiding in Thailand since he arrived in the country on May 8.

Immigration police earlier allowed Mr Lu to stay in the kingdom until May 22, but his visa was revoked after the Chinese embassy informed officers of his criminal record.

The man was met by police at the airport as he was planning to fly to Macao.


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