10 kg of ketamine bound for the United States seized
Police find an additional 20kg in suspect’s home after courier company reports suspicious package
Pithak Khaengkaeng, 34, left, is questioned following his arrest for trying to send 10 kilograms of ketamine to the United States via a logistics company in Chiang Mai. (Photo: Narcotics Bureau)
Police arrested a Hmong man in Chiang Rai and seized 30 kilograms of ketamine after he allegedly tried to send 10 kg of the drug to the United States.
Pithak Khaengkaeng, 34, was apprehended after staff from logistics company DHL in Chiang Mai‘s Chang Phuek district alerted police they had received a suspicious package destined for the United States.
Agents from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) went to investigate and found that the package contained foil packets labeled as white sugar and containing a total of 10kg of ketamine. They then tracked down the sender and managed to arrest the suspect, who was driving a motorbike, at Wat Rong Khun Junction in Chiang Rai’s Muang district.
Officers took him to his home in the Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai where they found an additional 20.4 kg of ketamine, said Pol Lt Gen Sarayut Sanguanphokhai, the head of the NSB.
Mr Pithak reportedly told police that a Hmong friend in Myanmar asked him to deliver the drugs to a client in the United States.
He was charged with unlawful possession of category 2 drugs with intent to sell them and attempt to smuggle them out of the country. The investigation is expanded to find other people involved in the drug trade.
Packages containing ketamine are found inside a package that was destined for the United States. (Photo provided)
Police search the suspect’s home in Chiang Rai and find another 20 kilograms of ketamine. (Photo provided)