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8.5 kilos of heroin heading for Hong Kong found in canned fruit in Thailand, Nigerian men arrested

The Director of the Narcotics Control Board, Wichai Chaimongkhon, has reported to Thai media today about a recent heroin case involving the NCB, Customs, and the Airport Interdiction Task Force. The story was reported by Siam Rath.

On Tuesday, during an operation carried out by the aforementioned agencies, 8.5 kilograms of heroin were found in a shipment of tinned fruit that was intended to be sent to Hong Kong. The heroin was discovered in one of the eleven boxes containing the fruit at a private company.

Officers immediately took advantage of the situation when the sender attempted to change the delivery method of the drugs, and arrested two Nigerians, 51 year old Ugorji J.I., who also held Thai nationality, and 56 year old Joachin O.M., in Suan Luan, Bangkok.

The arrests led to the detention of a 30 year old Thai woman named Sujitra, and while none of the suspects had any drugs on them at the time of their arrests, officials were able to collect documents as evidence.

As part of the operation, authorities also seized two cars, 100,000 baht in cash, and a bank account with 60,000 baht.

Furthermore, officials are currently searching for a Thai woman whose name appeared on documents related to the shipment of the drugs. Although it is possible that she may have been unaware that her Thai ID was being used for drugs purposes, she could still face a potential prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of 60,000 baht.

SOURCE: Siam Rath

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