Drug syndicate: Thai cops nab Mr T  from Malaysia

BANGKOK: Thai police scored a major success in their battle against an international drug syndicate with the arrest of a Malaysian man, whom they believed played a key role in smuggling hundreds of kilogrammes of “ice” or methamphetamine drugs into Malaysia.

The authorities said the Malaysian man, dubbed “Mr T” from Johor, was also responsible for a failed attempt by his two accomplices to smuggle 282kg of “ice” worth millions of ringgit into Malaysia via the Sadao border in March last year.

“Mr T” was nabbed at the Haadyai airport yesterday upon his arrival from Chiang Rai.

“The two Malaysian men who were arrested with 282kg of ‘ice’ last year told the authorities that the drugs (282kg) belonged to him,” deputy commander of Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) Major-Gen Supakit Srijantaranon said at a media conference yesterday.

The two men, he said, had also informed the authorities that the Johor man had been facilitating between four and five successful drug smuggling attempts into Malaysia, each time carrying about 100kg of “ice” to undisclosed locations in Malaysia.

Impressive haul: Thai police displaying various foreign currencies totalling more than 30 million baht (RM3.8mil) and other equipment seized from the Malaysian drug kingpin known as ‘Mr T’. — Bernama

According to him, Thai police also nabbed a Thai woman and a Taiwanese man in Chiang Rai as well as a Thai woman in Chiang Mai yesterday – all believed to be members of the international drug syndicate – in follow-up operations.

NSB chief Lt-Gen Sommai Kongvisaisuk, who was also present during the media conference, said the police believed “Mr T” went to Chiang Rai to place an order for another consignment of drugs.

“The Malaysian man and his Thai wife ran many businesses,” he added.

Meanwhile, Supakit said following the arrest of the four, the authorities confiscated about 30 million baht (RM3.8mil) in several currencies and 20 million baht (RM2.5mil) in other assets.

Another 20 million baht in assets was also seized from the same syndicate months ago, bringing the total cash and assets seized from this international syndicate to 70 million baht (RM8.9mil), he said.

Head of Office of Narcotics Control Board Sirinya Sitdichai said the authorities managed to get into the inner-workings of the international syndicate following the arrest of the two Malaysian men.

“The authorities found out that the syndicate not only trafficked drugs but also operates other businesses using money gained from the drug activities,” he said. Bernama