Friday, July 15, 2011

Cambodian man arrested for smuggling drugs

(MCOT online news)

SA KEAO, July 14 - A Cambodian migrant worker was arrested on Thursday alleged to have attempted the smuggling of nearly 6,000 methamphetamine pills worth Bt3 million into Thailand.

The Cambodian detainee was identified as Mai Siang, who claimed to work as a cleaner at Tesco Lotus hypermarket in the eastern province of Rayong.

The suspect was arrested while crossing from Poi Pet, Cambodia, to the Thai side at the Aranyaprathet border crossing. On inspection Thai officers discovered two large plastic bags containing 5,960 methamphetamine pills and 99.86 grammes of crystal methamphetamine, also known as 'ice'.

The seized drugs are valued at around Bt3 million (US$100,000) and were bound around his lower legs, beneath his trousers.

Initial investigation said Mr Mai Siang confessed to smuggling drugs into Thailand twice previously and that this time he was hired by a compatriot for Bt10,000 to deliver them to a Thai near the Rayong Tesco Lotus.

The Cambodian national was later sent to Sa Kaeo police for further investigation.

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