Durian smell fails to save ‘pot’ smugglers

Sharp-eyed policemen in the southern Thai business district of Hat Yai smelled something ‘fishy’ when they stopped a pick-up truck loaded with durian and corn, and bearing a northeastern provincial license plate.

Unloading the fruit shipment, the police found 306 kilograms of dried marijuana worth around 5 million baht under it, Sanook.com reported today (June 12).

The pick-up truck driver said he was paid 80,000 baht by a businessman in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima to deliver the durian to a buyer in Hat Yai. “I did not know that I was delivering marijuana,” he said.

Police investigators said they believed the marijuana was destined for Malaysia, where it would fetch a much higher price.


Top: Lots of durian on the pickup truck but this trick failed to fool policemen. Photo: Khaosod newspaper

By Songpol Kaopatumtip


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