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Big drugs seizure a bust

- Crime · The Thai government · Chachoengsao · Thailand

The Thai gov­ern­ment has ad­mit­ted that 111⁄

2 tonnes of chem­i­cals seized by anti-nar­cotics po­lice are not drugs worth more than NZ$1.34 bil­lion, but a harm­less stain re­mover. Jus­tice Min­is­ter Som­sak Thep­suthin ad­mit­ted that rather than 29 bil­lion baht worth of ke­tamine, the Nar­cotics Con­trol Board had seized 475 sacks of trisodium phos­phate, a le­gal chem­i­cal used as a food ad­di­tive and clean­ing agent. The mis­take oc­curred af­ter the seizure of the bags from aware­house in Cha­cho­engsao prov­ince in cen­tral Thai­land. Only 66 of the

475 sacks have been checked, and test­ing is con­tin­u­ing in case the le­gal chem­i­cal is be­ing used to hide the il­licit one.

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