Ice drug caught before export to Australia

POLICE found over 500 grams of Ice drug (crystal methamphetamine) hidden in  stereo speakers ready to export to Australia, the Thai-language Thai Rath newspaper reported.

Yeaterday (Jan. 19) the Narcotics Suppression Unit at Suvarnabhumi airport (under the Narcotics Suppression Division 3) led by Inspector Pol.Sub-Lt. Yodrak Kongchuay found and confiscated a drug-contained parcel destined for Australia at a major delivery company located in Rama 9 area.

The inspection revealed that the size-7 yellow parcel box contained a green-black painted stereo sound system with KCR brand.  Inside the speakers the police found 2 transparent plastic bags wrapped in foil sheet. Inside the bags were 535 grams of suspicious clear crystal flakes.

After the clear crystals were tested at length using narcotic test solution, police found  indication of Ice drug which fell into category 1 narcotics, among which are heroin; amphetamine; methamphetamine; MDMA (Ecstasy); and LSD. The police then confiscated the drug as exhibit, gathered all possible evidence and witness to hand them over to the investigator team at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau for further investigation and legal exploitation.

Ice is the street name of crystal meth which is short for crystal methamphetamine, a form of the drug methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug and less commonly as a second-line treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obesity.


Top: A police officer dismantles a stereo speaker to remove the Ice drug, at left, while the image at right shows where in the speaker the drug was hidden. Photo: Thai Rath

By Piboon Awasdaruharote