NZ-bound 'ice' found at city airport

NZ-bound 'ice' found at city airport

A package containing 580 grammes of crystal methamphetamine hidden in motorcycle spare parts was seized at Suvarnabhumi airport en route to New Zealand, according to the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

ONCB secretary-general Wichai Chaimongkol revealed yesterday the drugs were intercepted on June 10 by the Airport Interdiction TaskForce (AITF) which comprised officials from the ONCB, the police Narcotics Suppression Bureau, the Customs Department and the airport's security unit.

The parcel, which contained 580 grammes of crystal methamphetamine, was hidden in motorcycle spare parts to be shipped to New Zealand, he said, adding that an investigation is under way to track down the sender of the drugs.

Mr Wichai also said the ONCB met representatives from the New Zealand Customs Service on Friday and both sides agreed to work closely on investigating the drug trafficking ring.

He noted that on June 2, a parcel containing 520 grammes of crystal methamphetamine stuffed inside seven women's shoulder bags was intercepted at Suvarnabhumi airport before a flight to New Zealand.

Mr Wichai said from October 2020 to June this year, Thai authorities had confiscated about 24kg of ice in 10 cases with the drug destined for New Zealand.

One parcel containing 520 grammes of ice was seized by New Zealand officials. Legal action is underway.

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