The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) found 1,650 grams of heroin in Suvarnabhumi Airport. The drug was hidden in notebooks and wrapped in plastic. The notebooks were placed in a box with a shipping label to Australia. An investigation has been started and officials have collected evidence to find those connected to the case. Wichai Chaimongkol from the ONCB reported that Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin has given orders to track down international drug groups. The Airport Interdiction Task Force and other related officials received notification on 12 June 2021 of a suspicious drug shipment to Australia.
The officials found 9 notebooks packaged inside 2 Thai post EMS boxes. Both boxes have the same sender address. One was labeled at the Samut Prakan Post Office and the other at the Samrong Tai post Office. The boxes have been seized and will be used in the prosecution. Wichai stated officials have started watching for suspicious shipments since October 2020. To date there have been 19 shipments to Australia with drugs inside. Some case examples include a box with 24.70 grams of crystal meth, a box with 61.04 grams of heroin, and more. This case is the latest discovery and the Australian police have received information regarding the receiver in their country.
During the Covid-19 situation where travel restrictions are put in place officials continue to find shipments of illegal goods. This includes drugs, replica goods, and more. Officials have also found many illegal items brought in with travelers who will have to quarantine at the state quarantine centers. Some of these travelers have previously been found committing similar crimes while arriving in Thailand. There are plans to install more X-ray machines used to scan all passenger baggage at Don Muang Airport and Phuket Airport. In the beginning of 2021, a total of 23 machines have been installed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport.
FB Caption: The heroin was hidden inside 9 notebooks packaged in Thai Post EMS boxes.
Source: Khaosod, Thairath