The money up for grabs is too alluring for the law to win the long game.
When: November 25th, 2020
Perpetrator: 13 Thai drug smugglers
Victims: A lawful society
What: The drug empire that Mr. Thapanan Thammarathada (nickname Noochen) and Mrs. Lin Charlie built has crumbled. They weren’t household names. But the pair ran a syndicate that profited billions of baht over the past 2 years. The raid on a wood factor in Minburi on November 25th turned up 3.2 million dollars cash in USD (roughly 96 million baht), 30 million baht in a Thai bank account, 2 houses in Thailand, lumber, and 2 cars. The other cash is long gone, the billions already wired off to banks in Myanmar.
The pair ran a sophisticated drug smuggling and money laundering operation. Police have arrested 13 in their network already. The investigators were working from a tip from an arrest and seizure of 1,500 kilos of ice back in October 2019.
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My take: When there’s that much money to be had, there’s gonna be somebody else to fill these shoes. This isn’t the townie pot dealer you probably knew growing up that we’re talking about here. The drug networks in Asia run a tight and smart operation that nets billions of dollars. This small syndicate popped off with billions of baht before the take down. Try to wrap your head around that.
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