Thailand seizes $ 88 million worth of crystal meth destined for Taiwan

Thai authorities show machine test result as they seized 897 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth 2.7 billion baht ($ 79,733,079) after Thai customs intercepted packages to Taiwan, Bangkok, Thailand on December 4, 2021. REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun reuters_tickers

This content was published on December 4, 2021 – 13:17

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai authorities have intercepted nearly 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a shipment at the customs office at Bangkok Port and bound for Taiwan where it could be sold for up to 88 million dollars, a customs official said on Saturday.

The drugs were seized by customs officials on Friday evening, hidden in powder form inside 161 white silicon wafers in packaging destined for Taiwan.

“The 897 kg of crystal meth is worth around 500-600 million baht ($ 15-18 million), but once it reaches its destination it will be worth 3 billion baht at market price,” said the director general of customs. Thai, Patchara Anuntasil. press conference Saturday.

Patchara said Thai and Taiwanese authorities are both investigating.

The methamphetamine market continued to grow and diversify in East and Southeast Asia, unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic.

In October, police in neighboring Laos seized a record haul of 55 million methamphetamine tablets and over 1.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine tablets in the Golden Triangle region where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet.

The Golden Triangle has a long history of illicit drug production and has recently served as a center for the mass production of amphetamine-type stimulants, particularly methamphetamine, used by Asian crime syndicates with distribution networks reaching Japan and New Zealand.

($ 1 = 33.8400 baht)

(Reporting by Artorn Poonkasook and Juarawee Kittisilpa; writing by Panu Wongcha-um; editing by Frances Kerry)

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