Bangkok Post

3 arrested in cocaine bust


Three Hong Kong citizens were arrested at Suvarnabhu­mi airport yesterday for allegedly carrying 12.3kg of cocaine into the country, authoritie­s say.

They were identified as Fong Yee Ting, 19, Tung Wing Yan, 22, and Yau Kit Long, 24.

They were searched at the airport after the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) were told by Hong Kong authoritie­s that trafficker­s were carrying drugs brought from Brazil into Thailand, according to a news briefing on the arrest.

ONCB secretary-general Sirinya Sitdhichai, Customs Department directorge­neral Kulis Sombatsiri and Narcotics Suppressio­n Bureau (NSB) chief Sommai Kongwisais­uk attended the briefing.

The drugs were intended to later be transporte­d to Hong Kong, the officials said.

A search of the luggage belonging to the suspects found the cocaine in secret pockets, Mr Sirinya said. The trio are charged with bringing a Type 2 drug into the country without a permit and conspiring to possess the drugs with intent to sell.

“Upon questionin­g the three suspects, [we found that] they were hired by a Hong Kong woman, whose name is only known as ‘Ming’. They were hired for 8,000 Hong Kong dollars each, or around 40,000 baht, to carry the drug from Brazil to Thailand,” said Mr Sirinya said.

The suspects told officers they were due to deliver the drug to Ming at a hotel in the Sukhumvit area, he said.

Officers believe that Ming was tipped off as she was not at the hotel and has now fled to Hong Kong.

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