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ONCB joins Australian probe into huge meth haul found on cargo ship from Thailand


Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) will work with Australia Federal Police (AFP) in investigating the syndicate behind the 316kg of methamphetamine found on a cargo ship from Thailand.

ONCB secretary-general Wichai Chaimongkol said the cargo had been loaded on a Chinese vessel, which left Laem Chabang on March 25.

“The cargo was then transferred to a Portuguese vessel in Singapore and arrived in Australia on April 30,” he said.

ONCB joins Australian probe into huge meth haul found on cargo ship from Thailand

The Australian Border Force intercepted the vessel on May 4 when it docked at Port Botany in Sydney. They found 316 kilos of crystalised meth or “ice” hidden in 62 large cardboard boxes labelled as food items and electric barbeque grills. The drug haul is estimated to have a street value of 94.5 million Australian dollars, or about THB2.29 billion.

“The ONCB have contacted related agencies at Thai embassies overseas to submit financial records and statements of those who are involved with the cargo ship,” said Wichai.

“We have also summoned the truck driver who had delivered the cardboard boxes to the ship for questioning. We believe that arrest warrants for those who are behind the operation will be issued very soon.”

ONCB joins Australian probe into huge meth haul found on cargo ship from Thailand

Wichai added that the ONCB and AFP have been exchanging intelligence relating to international drug trafficking, money laundering and other crime syndicates to ensure effective law enforcement in the Asia-Australia regions.

Published : May 21, 2021

By : THE NATION