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Police want law to make logistics firms scan parcels

POLICE WILL ask the National Council for Peace and Order to pass a law requiring logistics operators to check and scan packages for narcotics or illegal items, as well as ensuring clear details are given of senders and receivers, deputy police chief General Pongsapat Pongcharoen said yesterday.

The law should also require logistics operators to accept police requests to check packages suspected of concealing narcotics, as operators have claimed they could not do this for fear that goods may be damaged, Pongsapat said, noting that criminals were exploiting this "loophole" to traffic drugs.

He made these remarks yesterday at a press conference on the arrest of Chai Nat resident Natthapong Sopanarapong in Bangkok's Bang Bon district on Saturday. Chai allegedly had 40,000 yaba pills hidden in speakers sent to him via a Thai logistic company's delivery service.

At the same event, police announced the July 26 arrest of six men aged 22-30 along with a million yaba pills in Wang Saphung in Loei province. The six were allegedly running a convoy to transport the smuggled drugs to customers in Bangkok and nearby areas.

Police also reported a separate case in which Indonesian woman Siti Khoeriya, 29, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi yesterday, with 2,140 grams of cocaine. She reportedly admitted being hired for US$1,800 to smuggle the drugs from Abu Dhabi to Laos via Bangkok.




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