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ONCB to tighten noose on Thai drug gangs with foreign links

ONCB to tighten noose on Thai drug gangs with foreign links

TUESDAY, June 01, 2021

The Office of Narcotics Control (ONCB) has been instructed to urgently launch an investigation into possible international drug-trafficking links after a Thai national was caught in Seoul with a cache of methamphetamine in May.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said on Tuesday that he wants ONCB to check whether local drug traffickers monitored by police have a hand in crimes overseas.

“The officials will speed up the investigation and confiscate drug-related assets,” he warned.

Yonhap news agency reported that a 32-year-old Thai national had been arrested and indicted for allegedly smuggling about 4 kilos of methamphetamine pills into South Korea. The seized drugs have a street value of up to 13.4 billion won or 380.6 million baht.

The suspect apparently received the drugs hidden in bags of protein supplements through an air shipment on May 6 in exchange for a payment of 200,000 baht, Yonhap reported.