Assets included luxury watches, belts, and land.
When: February 12th, 2021
Where: Chiang Rai province
What: On February 12th, 2021, police in Chiang Rai held a press conference announcing the seizure of 35 million baht in assets when an international drug network was busted for sending meth by post to Israel, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.
The meth was sent abroad at through a parcel delivery company and was concealed in a variety of consumer product packages. The sender was traced back to Chiang Rai, which allowed investigators to crack the network.
The operation was dubbed “64/4 The X Mailbox”.
Assets seized including 8 luxury watches worth about 20 million baht, 3 brand name belts worth 300,000 baht, a vehicle worth 450,000 baht, and 2 homes with land worth 14.5 million baht.
Other consumer products that the drugs were packed with included dietary supplements, soaps, air purifiers, coffee powder, and others. Most of the packages were sent abroad through parcel delivery operations out of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
An extended investigation is ongoing in regards to money laundering with this operation.
Video of the press conference:
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My take: There are clever ways that drug smugglers have been sending narcotics out of the country.
Packing it in with consumer products is a time-tested and true way to do it. I’d imagine the same volume of packages leaving Thailand isn’t the same as it was before the covid era, but the tactic remains the same.
I will be interested to see what the money laundering investigation finds. This is often where the bigger networks are busted up in subsequent investigations following the money.
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