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Big drugs seizure a bust


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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