Two foreigners – a Briton and a Canadian – and two Thais have been arrested following a police raid on a factory-warehouse in Samut Prakan that was allegedly manufacturing cannabis tincture for export.
The raid by narcotics suppression police in Bang Phli district netted 70 kg of cannabis tincture, around six kg of hashish and some equipment.
It’s believed the one-year old factory-warehouse was backed mostly by a Japanese party and had in March reportedly smuggled five tonnes of cannabis tincture to Belgium. The detection in Belgium of the shipment led Thai police to investigate here and they zeroed in on the site in Samut Prakan.
Arrested in the operation were 67-year-old Briton Joseph Toole in Chonburi’s Bang Lamung district, 65-year-old Canadian David Kulik in Chonburi’s Muang district, 34-year-old Thai Suriyan Suwanchairop in Sakhon Nakhon and 54-year-old Thai Supakit Kaewma in Bangkok.
Deputy national police chief Chalermkiat Srivorakhan said police had found that raw materials were supplied from Thailand-based drug trafficking groups and also from others based in Laos.
It was one of seven recent drug busts announced to the press, in which police netted a total of 21 suspects and seized drugs worth THB 440.5 million (USD 13.41 million). The hauls comprised 2.9 million methamphetamine pills, 600 kg of dried marijuana, three kg of crystal meth or ‘ice’, six ecstasy pills and the 70 kg of cannabis tincture and 6.6 kg of hashish.