Ten suspects were arrested as part of a narcotic crackdown in Thailand, with police seizing 1.73 million speed pills, 300kg of marijuana, 27.9 kg of ketamine and related assets worth 249 million baht (around eight million U.S. dollars).
Some suspects belonged to a racket called Pan Nam Pen Ngern that smuggled drugs from Laos, sold them in Bangkok and shipped to other countries, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Chinapat Sarasin, commissioner of the Thai Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The gang ran a potable water business as its front. It sold drinking water in the northeast and exported bottled water to Laos. Gang members then laundered the income rendered from drug trafficking in constructing a resort hotel in Kalasin province of northeast Thailand and a drinking water plant in Laos.
(Cover photo: A police officer arranges seized drugs before a news conference at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board in Bangkok, Thailand, September 18, 2018. /VCG Photo)