Tanzanian man arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport for allegedly smuggling 53 cocaine packages in his abdomen

Bangkok –

Suvarnabhumi Airport police announced two major drug busts in the areas of two international airports in Thailand on Tuesday, May 10th.

First, Police Lieutenant General Sarayut Sa-nguanphokhai, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), reported that relevant officials confiscated 236 grams of crystal meth hidden in bottles of hair conditioner that were packed and addressed to a place in New Zealand.

The package was discovered at the parcel deposit point in the Don Mueang distribution center of an international shipping company. All of the confiscated drugs were transferred to the Royal Thai Police for further investigation.

In the second drug arrest, a Tanzanian national, 45, was captured while arriving in Thailand via Ethiopian Airlines. The airport police and customs requested a body search as he was acting suspiciously when walking out of the gate, according to the police.

A body scanner revealed what the authorities believed to be packages of illegal drugs in his abdomen. A total of 53 cocaine cubes, weighing 865 grams, were found after excretion. The man, who was later identified by authorities by his first name of Habib, was immediately taken to the Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for legal proceedings.

Deputy National Police Chief Roy Ingkapairote, then ordered relevant authorities to tighten their inspections in order to prevent drug smuggling through international air transport.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.