60 bags among 475 bags of Ketamine seized in Chachoengsao warehouse last week initially tested Ketamine-free, according to the Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) secretary-general yesterday, November 21.
Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) had announced its biggest drug bust of 11.5 tons of contraband ketamine worth 28,750 million baht in Chachoengsao last Thursday, November 12, following a notification from Taiwan authorities that 300 kilograms of ketamine had been reportedly smuggled from Thailand to Taiwan on September 23.
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Wichai Chaimongkol, deputy secretary-general of the ONCB, and Kanyanan Kongpatnitiroj, director of the Narcotics Analysis and Technical Service Institute, disclosed the investigation results showed that 60 seized sacks were found to contain trisodium phosphate, which is believed to be used for hiding and smuggling illegal drugs outside the country.
According to Wichai, the reagent testing was primarily conducted on some of the products and revealed a purple color that identifies the concentration of ketamine. But when they were sent for thorough testing at an authority’s laboratory, the trisodium phosphate substance, which is commonly used in food and pharmaceutical industries, was instead found in 60 random bags.
The deputy secretary-general stressed: “Although 60 of them were not Ketamine, the other 415 sacks were not yet examined. The ONCB is preparing to coordinate the relevant departments, including international agencies, to inspect the rest of the bags that will proceed no later than this week.”
“However, it is not possible to confirm at the moment if the amount of Ketamine will be discovered after completing the examination since all of the bags might be used to disguise and deceive officials when smuggling Ketamine that might have been already smuggled to Taiwan, as their authorities had alerted us on September.”
Wichai further stated that legal proceedings can be taken against drug dealers in the Kingdom as soon as they were arrested since the case has already happened in the international offense. The ONCB will file a crime report to the Bureau of Narcotics for further investigation under the supervision of The Office of International Law of the Attorney-General’s Department.
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