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

/ 09:07 PM December 04, 2021
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Thai authorities repack machines after the test as they seized 897 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth 2.7 billion baht ($79,733,079) after Thai customs intercepted packages headed for Taiwan, in Bangkok, Thailand December 4, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

BANGKOK  — Thai authorities intercepted nearly 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a cargo shipment at Bangkok’s Port Custom Office and bound for Taiwan where it could be sold for up to $88 million, a customs official said on Saturday.

The drug was seized by customs officials late on Friday, hidden in powder form inside 161 white silicon slabs in packages destined for Taiwan.

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“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,” Thai Customs Director-General Patchara Anuntasil told a press conference on Saturday.

Patchara said that Thai and Taiwanese authorities were both investigating.

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

In October, police in neighboring Laos seized a haul of 55 million methamphetamine tablets and over 1.5 tons 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 massive production center for amphetamine-type stimulants, especially methamphetamine, used by Asian crime syndicates with distribution networks reaching as far as Japan and New Zealand.

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