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Customs' rich haul of cars, gold, drugs

The Customs Department has seized luxury cars, gold bars worth Bt6.5 million and date-rape drugs worth Bt42 million in separate raids.

Department chief Rakop Srisupaat said the hauls included a BMW car worth Bt5 million, a Mercedes Benz worth Bt3 million, the gold bars and 703,140 boxes of date rape drugs. They also found other tax-evading items such as foreign liquor and cigarettes, brand-name bags, beauty drugs and CDs. Altogether the items totalled Bt98 million.

Rakop said the gold was seized from an Indian national at Suvarnabhumi Airport, while the suspect reportedly tried to smuggle it from Brunei to India via Thailand.

The date-rape drugs were uncovered at a customs checkpoint in Tak's Mae Sot |district.

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