Police took down Nigerian drug lord in golden triangle area

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Narcotics suppression police in Thailand have landed a huge drugs haul

Thailand’s narcotics suppression police have seized a huge amount of drugs and arrested a total 17 people including a Nigerian drug kingpin. In four separate operations police seized 100kg of heroin and 500 kilograms of crystal meth.

The arrests were announced yesterday at a press conference at Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau. In the first cased called “Black Sasimi”, police rounded up 11 Thai and foreign nationals in 19 locations. Narcotics suppression police seized 5,200 speed pills, 701 grams of crystal meth and kratom leaves. Lt Gen Chinnapat said the arrests followed weeks of investigation after a tip-off from Japanese police. The Bureau was informed about a drug gang that included several Africans. The gang allegedly procured drugs for African nationals in Japan and used Thai women as drug mules.

According to Pol Lt Gen Chinnapat, a Nigerian man identified as John Ume and a Thai man, Chatchawal Rojanaphat, were the gang’s alleged ringleaders. Both men were also arrested in the operation. In the second case, police arrested two men were apprehended at a checkpoint in Chumphon Province. Narcotics suppression police seized 100kg of heroin from their vehicle. Police also confiscated 500kg of crystal meth and 2kg of ketamine worth 250 million baht from a house in Samut Prakan. Forty two million baht in assets was also frozen by police in Chiang Rai Province.

In the third case, police arrested two men at a checkpoint in Ayutthaya’s Wang Noi district. Found in their possession were 200kg of compressed marijuana. The suspects were allegedly on their way from Ubon Ratchathani to deliver the drugs to customers in Chon Buri. Narcotics Suppression police are also looking into a tip-off about a drug exchange at a restaurant central Thailand. The drug syndicate smuggles drugs into the Isan region, crossing the Laos-Thailand border, then distributes the drugs to Bangkok and other major cities. The Governments of Thailand and Myanmar have independently stepped up their antinarcotics efforts in the Thai-Burmese border area. Furthermore the center of narcotics trafficking is in the Chiang Rai’s Golden Triangle. Thailand remains a major trafficking route for the artificial drug manufactured in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states – the north-eastern states of Myanmar that border China, Laos and Thailand.

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