Thai police seize 1.1 tons meth

BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Thai police seized 1.1 tons of crystal methamphetamine in less than a week, officers said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on smuggling that has surged since the country’s borders reopened.

The haul comes after a spike in clashes between police and smugglers in the kingdom’s remote northern hinterlands, long a hub for the trade in illegal narcotics.

Following a tip-off, police arrested 10 Thai nationals in a series of raids in the north and south of the kingdom.

“Some of these drugs were kept for a period of time before being transported to the southernmost provinces, and they were supposed to be shipped to other countries later,” Police General Chinnapat Sarasin, Deputy National Police Chief, said.

Police said in a statement that a transnational drugs gang was behind the illicit trade.


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