Authorities in Thailand have seized $88 million worth of crystal meth hidden in a cargo shipment.
The huge haul was seized by customs officials on Friday, December 3, after being discovered in the shipment at Bangkok’s Port Custom Office.
Officials are said to have discovered the meth after being tipped off by an informant, who told authorities the haul of illegal drugs was set to be shipped.
According to Thai PBS World, customs officials discovered 24 cardboard boxes and had all of them X-rayed. The procedure revealed that several packs were stacked together in each box, with samples confirming the contents was crystal meth.
Nearly nearly 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of the drug was concealed in powder form inside 161 white silicon slabs.
The packages were destined for Taiwan, according to a customs official, where it could have been sold for up to $88 million.
After the drugs were seized, Thai Customs Director-General Patchara Anuntasil explained: ‘The 897 kg of crystal meth is worth about 500 to 600 million baht ($15 million to $18 million), but once they reach their destination they will be worth 3 billion baht in market price.’
Anuntasil reportedly said the shipment had been declared by a shipping company as silicone sheets.
Both Thai and Taiwanese authorities are investigating the haul, according to Anuntasil, while Pol Maj-Gen Pornchai Charoenwong, deputy commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, assured that police will attempt to find out where the meth had been packaged prior to being delivered to the port.
Charoenwong added that the shipment is believed to have belonged to a Thai-Taiwanese drug trafficking gang.
The discovery of the meth comes after police in Laos seized a haul of 55 million methamphetamine tablets and over 1.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine tablets in the Golden Triangle region in October.
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