123kg of marijuana seized at border hotel

123kg of marijuana seized at border hotel

Product might have been smuggled from Laos, says district chief

Officials show more than 100 kilogrammes of marijuana seized from a hotel in Tha Uthen district of Nakhon Phanom late Friday night. Suspects escaped. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)
Officials show more than 100 kilogrammes of marijuana seized from a hotel in Tha Uthen district of Nakhon Phanom late Friday night. Suspects escaped. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)

NAKHON PHANOM: Police have found big bags containing 123 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana at a resort hotel in Tha Uthen district of his northeastern province. The guests believed to have who brought them have fled.

Tha Uthen district chief Phumsak Khampoo said on Saturday that local residents alerted authorities after seeing a few men check in at the hotel on Friday night with suspicious bags. They subsequently left but then returned to the hotel several times. Authorities did not reveal their names.

When authorities reached the hotel, the suspects had already left. Three big black bags containing 123 bars of marijuana, weighing one kilogramme each, were found in their room. Police estimated the value at about 2 million baht.

Mr Phumsak said that one of the suspected visitors wrote only a nickname in the registration book of the hotel.

The Tha Uthen district chief said that the suspects might have been smugglers who kept the marijuana they brought into the country from neighbouring Laos at the hotel before shipping it.


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