Thai authorities on Wednesday, August 8, stated they’ve arrested 261 transnational drug suspects, most of whom originated from Nigeria and used their unsuspecting Thai wives as drug couriers.
Narcotics Management Board of Thailand (ONCB) Chief Sirinya Sitdhichai, stated the boys provided the ladies free journeys to Japan with a request to hold baggage, which was later discovered to comprise narcotics and led to the carriers’ arrests, stated Sirinya.
Underneath an operation spearheaded by the Airport Interdiction Activity Power (AITF) since 2012, Thai officers have arrested 261 suspects in 221 instances, |and seized 471 kilograms of cocaine and 198 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” in Thailand, Sirinya stated.
The newest arrest was of a Nigerian man, Collins Elochukwu Orakwue, a key member within the drug-trafficking gang, in Surat Thani’s Koh Samui district on August 3.
It stemmed from the Japanese authority’s interception of a considerable amount of medication late final 12 months from a Thai girl, and Japan’s subsequent request for their counterparts to select up the investigation and nab the Western African suspect who had used the Thai to smuggle medication into Japan, Sirinya stated.
Orakwue’s arrest additionally led to the arrest of gang member, Nigerian Chinedu Victor Okeke, together with 284 grams of cocaine on Koh Samui. |He faces a drug possession cost.
The AITF officers additionally shared data with their narcotic-suppression counterparts in different international locations, Sirinya stated. The variety of Thai nationals arrested at Japanese airports since April stood at 26 suspects in 23 instances from which 27,671 grams of “ice” had been confiscated.
He stated the numerous arrests at Japanese airports of drug-smuggling Thai girls – who have been both prepared individuals or have been lured by free tour presents to hold baggage – prompted the Japanese police to additionally be part of the ONCB probes.
Aside from arresting these concerned in smuggling medication from Thailand to different international locations, the AITF additionally cracked down on these transporting medication into Thailand or transiting by Thai airports to succeed in a 3rd vacation spot.
Sirinya stated AITF officers had just lately arrested three suspects in two separate drug busts at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport and seized 1,985 grams of “ice”, resulting in the three Western African suspects who ordered the drug transport.
He stated these smuggling cocaine by way of flights into Thailand, as per the Western African suspects’ orders, often originated in South American international locations, together with Columbia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil, after which paused in Center Japanese international locations.
In the meantime, gang members in Thailand would prepare for Thai or Southeast Asian girls, who have been married to – or had relationships with – the gang members, to maneuver the medication to different locations, such as Japan and South Korea.
The AITF’s success in intercepting medication coming into or out of Thai airports had led to many gangs shifting to smuggling medication right into a neighbouring nation’s airport, after which transporting the illicit cargo by land into Thailand as a substitute, he stated.