3.6kg cocaine seized at Aranyaprathet checkpoint

ACTING on a tip-off, Aranyaprathet customs officials on the border with Cambodia raised a team to closely watch out for drug smuggling and succeeded in apprehending 2 Thai women who had 3.6 kilograms of cocaine in their suitcase, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported this morning (Sept. 20, 2018).

With a military dog and officers from many units involved, the team spotted the 2 women who fitted the description they had received just as they were dragging a bronze suitcase from Cambodia to the Thai side.

The 2 suspects, Miss Nisaphat Khodradee, 24, and Miss Sasiwimon Wongman, 28, both from northeastern Buriram province, remained calm and showed no sign of fear or apprehension whatsoever as the military dog sniffed the suitcase.

They were later taken to the customs office where officials found the 3.6 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in brown oiled paper over which there were several layers of plastic wrapping.

Mr Onn Unthaweesap, head of the Aranyaprathet customs checkpoint, said sources had told the customs crime suppression division that drugs would be smuggled through the checkpoint so he raised the team and managed to catch the suspects.


Top: The heavily wrapped cocaine that was seized at Aranyaprathet checkpoint. Photo: Matichon