Thai police make $30m drug haul linked to Laos suspect

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BANGKOK: Thai police on Tuesday announced the seizure of drugs worth $30 million, including seven million methamphetamine tablets, “ice” and liquid ketamine, from houses around Bangkok linked to an alleged Laotian drug lord. Seven Thais were arrested in the major two-day operation, which turned up 60 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine—known as “ice”—and thousands of bottles of liquid ketamine. “The drugs were kept at ‘warehouses’, waiting to be delivered to lower-level drug dealers,” said Wuttipong Phetkamnerd from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, estimating the street value at one billion baht ($30 million). “The top of this network is linked to Xaysana (Keophimpa) and others,” he added, referring to the 42-year-old Laotian who was arrested at a Thai airport in January.

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